"He was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel"

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
, Jan. 1, 2012 (NewYearB)
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First Reading
Book of Numbers, Chapter 6, Verses 22-27

1. “The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.” The word peace is a translation of the word shalom, which more literally means, “every good thing in good measure.” These are God’s own words in this blessing. What does this tell you about God’s love for you?

2. Do you feel that God’s face is hidden at times? When? Does it help to hear that “the Lord is looking upon you kindly?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 67: 2-3, 5, 6, 8

1. The Psalm petitions God to 'let his face shine upon us.' What does it mean to you, especially during this Octave of the Nativity, that God would let his face shine upon you?

2. Our psalmist calls for God's salvation to be known among all the nations. How would you relate this verse to the birth of our Savior?

Second Reading
Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians, Chapter 4, Verses 4-7

1. Why are we no longer slaves but children of God? What did God do for us that made this true?

2. Did God send the same “Spirit of his Son into our hearts” that he sent to Mary when she conceived Jesus? How does this Spirit “ransom those under the law”? According to St. Paul, was the Spirit sent to the heart or mind?

According to Luke, Chapter 2, Verses 16-21

1. Can you enter the world of shepherds and messages from angels and mangers? If so, does this help you make sense of everything in your life? What do you mull over in your heart?

2. “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Was the whole salvific plan laid out for Mary? What events would have caused Mary to wonder or worry? In what way do you think she could see the Spirit’s movement in her life? Does seeing the Spirit in your life allow you to make some “leaps of faith” that otherwise wouldn’t be possible?

Sunday Bible Study Group
Please reflect on the Sunday Readings. May we be blessed by God's words as reflected in your thoughts and experience-sharing. 

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont8:49 AM

    “May God bless us
    and may he let his face shine upon us.”
    So much that God does for us
    is contained in this verse from the Psalm.
    God gives us his grace through his son Jesus,
    who is our Savior.
    God gives us material blessings –
    all our treasure and gifts are from him.
    Moreover, he gives us spiritual blessings as well ;
    these are called by St. Paul the fruits of the spirit.

    We all want God’s blessings, as the Psalm says.
    Since the time of Moses,
    God’s chosen people have reached out for God’s blessing.
    The petition in the Psalm
    is rooted in the early books of scripture;
    today’s 1st reading (Nm 6 : 22-27) says,
    “The Lord let his face shine upon you
    and be gracious to you.”

    St. Paul (2nd reading) confirms that God
    sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
    so we could cry out “Abba, Father.”
    The psalm predicts that God’s saving power shall be known
    among all the nations (including ourselves).
    God conveys that same message
    to the Mother of our Lord in this week’s Gospel.
    The shepherds from distant lands hear the news
    that our Savior is born;
    they return glorifying and praising God.
    The Psalm also guides people like us to shout for joy,
    “May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you!”

    The Psalm calls for
    the way of the Lord to become
    known upon earth among all the nations.
    Indeed the Psalm predicts that
    God’s saving power shall be known
    among all the peoples.
    Thankfully, that includes us.