This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. This feast has tremendous meaning for the Catholic family. Our call to holiness, to be separate for the Lord, forms our families into little Churches.
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Dec. 30, 2012 (HolyFamilyC)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
Podcast of the Readings
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Lecturas y Comentarios
New American Bible
Prayer of the Hours
BQ: Why was Jesus born in a manger?
Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.
1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28
Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14
1. Which Holy Family does this feast celebrate, Jesus, Mary and Joseph? Or the Christmas family of God that we all became? Explain.
2. God units each of us to each other by uniting us to the Trinity. Discuss. Does God’s love for someone help you to love that person?
Psalm 84: 2-3, 5-6, 9-10
1. Our psalmist speaks of a pilgrimage for those who seek to dwell in the house of the Lord. Tell of how your journey is going and how far along you are in seeking the Lord.
2. The psalm tells of a soul that is yearning for the Lord. In what way do you also cry out for the living God?
1 John 3:1-2, 21-24
1. What does the term “children of God” imply about God? St. John says we can have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask. What kinds of things do you ask for?
2. In Sunday’s reading from Colossians, St. Paul mentions ways that we can love each other and live together: compassion, kindness, humility, patience, bearing with one another, forgiving each other…Is this easy? How are you doing with it in your life? How are we as Church doing with this assignment?
1. The Gospel tells us that even the holy family had some rough spots. Separation is part of these, but also part of life. Talk about the lesson for you in all the various kinds of families you are a part.
2. Imagine Mary’s and Joseph’s unease when they were looking for Jesus for three whole days. And imagine the long-term anxiety his answer gave them: “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” How do you think Mary reacted? Have you ever had problems of this nature? How did you handle them?
Sunday Bible Study Group
Please share your thoughts on these Sunday Readings. And please do use these questions for your own Bible study sessions with family and friends.