“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Our gospel for this Sunday narrates the start of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee: “He left Nazareth and made home in Capernaum by the lake in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali” (Matthew 4:12-23). After John was arrested, Jesus withdrew into this land that historically had known great danger and grave sorrow. Later, we will know how providential this was.

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 26, 2014 (3A)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading
Book of the Prophet Isaiah,
Chapter 8, Verse 23; Chapter 9, Verses 1-3

1. Matthew quotes Isaiah’s passage about this half-Jewish, half-Gentile, obscure, gloomy region of the world. What is he telling us? Is it God’s common practice to use the small or humble to announce the glorious and profound? If so, name some other instances.

2. Why does the Church use the same passage that we hear at Christmas now during Ordinary Time? Is there a Christmas message that you like to think about all year? What is that message?

Responsorial Psalms
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14

1. What does Verse 13 of the Psalm mean to you? ("I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living.")

2.  Verse 1 of the Psalm says, "The Lord is my life's refuge;" How have you made the Lord your life's refuge?

Second Reading
First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 1, Verses 10-13, 17

1. Is Paul talking about quarreling to the Corinthians or to your parish? If Paul fixed this problem in his time with his message why do we still have the problem today?

2. There will always be disagreements. Is there a way to handle them so that good or growth could come out of them? How?

According to Matthew, Chapter 4, Verses 12-23

1. What human need do you see Jesus exhibiting in the second half of this gospel story? Why were friends important to him? Why is the community important to Christianity?

2. What was Peter’s and Andrew’s response time? How fast is your response time when you are inspired to do something for your neighbor, e.g. to give time or money to the earthquake victims?

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Please share below your reflections on the above Sunday Readings. May we be blessed by God's words as reflected in your thoughts and experience-sharing.

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont5:13 PM

    The Psalm is about trusting
    the Lord and our desire to spend
    the rest of our days in his presence.

    Verse 4 of the Psalm says,
    "One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek:
    to dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life.”

    Perhaps this desire to be with the Lord
    is what inspired Simon Peter and his brother Andrew
    that day by the Sea of Galilee, when they left their
    father and their nets to follow Jesus
    and be his disciples (Gospel).
    Surely, Peter and Andrew recognized
    Jesus as their own personal light and their
    own personal Savior.
    As the Psalm says (Verse 1),
    "The Lord is my light and my salvation."

    As we grow older, we too take steps on our journey
    to be with the Lord, to enter his house.
    Recall that Jesus said, 'My house has many
    It is no accident that older people
    want to go to daily Mass and be with the Lord
    as much as possible. They are called to that promise
    of eternal joy when they may “gaze on the
    loveliness of the Lord” all the days of their lives.