Beatitudes     "Question of the Week" 

 

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time         The challenge to forgive

Reading I            Ezekiel 18:25-28 (personal responsibility)

Reading II          Philippians 2:1-11 (imitating the humility of Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 21:28-32 (parable of the two sons)

Key Passage      A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said, “The first.” (Matthew 21:28–31)

 

Adult:  

When have your actions not measured up to your promises? What was the outcome?

Child:  

Why is it important to follow through on your promises to others?

 

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time    Dealing with injustice

Reading I            Isaiah 5:1-7 (the vineyard song)

Reading II          Philippians 4:6-9 (joy and peace in Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 21:33-43 (parable of the tenants)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” (Matthew 21:43)

 

Adult:  

How have you used your talents and abilities well for the Reign of God?

Child:  

What can you do in your week to help the love of God grow in the world?

 

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time      Living our faith

Reading I            Isaiah 25:6-10 (a feast for all peoples)

Reading II          Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 (generosity)

Gospel                 Matthew 22:1-14 (the wedding banquet)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

 

Adult:  

How do you translate your faith into the work of the Reign of God?

Child:  

What three things can you do this week to show that you are a follower of Jesus?

 

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time       Social responsibility

Reading I            Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 (rewards to Cyrus, king of Persia)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 (a model for believers)

Gospel                 Matthew 22:15-21 (paying tax to the emperor)

Key Passage      At that [Jesus] said to them “Give therefore to the emperor  the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)

 

Adult:  How much responsibility do you feel the government should take for meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our society? How willing are you to contribute?

Child:  

Who needs help in your neighborhood or community? What could you and your family do to help?

 

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time                 Love of neighbor

Reading I            Exodus 22:20-26 (social laws)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 (a model for believers)

Gospel                 Matthew 22:34-40 (the greatest commandment)

Key Passage      [Jesus] said to him “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37–39)

 

Adult:  

In a practical sense, what is one thing that would change in your life if you loved your neighbor as yourself?

Child:  

Why is it hard sometimes to love your neighbor?

 

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time            Sincerity of heart

Reading I            Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8–10 (punishment for imperfect sacrifices)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13 (Paul’s sincerity)

Gospel                 Matthew 23:1-12 (hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.” (Matthew 23:3)

 

Adult:  

Is there an area of your life in which you sometimes feel like a hypocrite?

Child:  

Why is it important for you to live according to how you believe?

 

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time       Actions and consequences

Reading I            Wisdom 6:12-16 (the availability of wisdom to those who seek)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (resurrection of the dead)

Gospel                 Matthew 25:1-13 (parable of the ten virgins)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

 

Adult:  

We meet Christ sometimes when we least expect it. How can you be ready to see him in all the ways he is present?

Child:  

What are some surprising ways in which you meet Christ in your daily life?

 

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time          Using your gifts

Reading I            Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 (the ideal wife)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (the need for preparation)

Gospel                 Matthew 25:14-30 (parable of the silver pieces)

Key Passage      [The servant said,] “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:20b–21)

 

Adult:  

What gift have you not developed as you had hoped? What could you still do?

Child:  

What gift has God given you? What do you want to do with it?

 

Christ the King                             The final judgment

Reading 1:          Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 (parable of the shepherds)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 (Christ, the first fruits)

Gospel                 Matthew 25:31-46 (the last judgment)

Key Passage      [The Son of Man] will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do               it to me.” (Matthew 25:45)

 

Adult:

Who are the least of your sisters and brothers for whom you do care? Who are those whom you ignore?

Child:  

To which person did you especially try to show the love and care of Jesus?

 

SEASONAL FEASTS: CYCLE A

 

Immaculate Conception

Reading I            Genesis 3:9–15, 20 (the fall)

Reading II          Ephesians 1:3–6, 11–12 (the Father’s plan for salvation)

Gospel                 Luke 1:26–38 (announcement of the birth of Jesus)

Key Passage      Genesis 3:14 (Adam and Eve banned from the garden)

 

Adult:  

How is Jesus born into your own heart, allowing you to live more in light than darkness?

Child:   

How do you know Jesus lives within you? What are the signs of that?

 

Christmas: Midnight

Reading I            Isaiah 9:3–6 (the Prince of Peace)

Reading II          Titus 2:11–14 (transforming of life)

Gospel                 Luke 2:1–14 (the birth of Jesus)

Key Passage      Isaiah 9:5 (a Child:  is born)

 

Adult:  

Why is knowing Jesus important in your life?

Child:   

How do you experience Jesus when you give a gift to someone else?

 

Ash Wednesday

Reading I            Joel 2:12–18 (the day of the Lord)

Reading II          2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 (ministry of reconciliation)

Gospel                 Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18 (purity of intention; prayer and fasting)

Key Passage      Joel 2:13 (conversion of heart)

 

Adult:  

What attitude of your heart would you like to change during Lent this year?

Child:   

What do you ask Jesus to help you improve inside of you?

 

Ascension

Reading I            Acts 1:1–11 (Jesus’ final instructions and ascension)

Reading II          Ephesians 1:17–23 (exaltation of Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 28:16–20 (I am with you always)

Key Passage      Acts 1:8 (power to proclaim the good news)

 

Adult:  

Jesus promises to be with us always. How do you experience his presence most?

Child:   

What good news about Jesus could you share with someone?

 

Assumption: Vigil

Reading I            1 Chronicles 15:3–4, 15; 16:1–2 (the ark brought to Jerusalem)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 15:54–57 (glorification of the body)

Gospel                 Luke 11:27–28 (true happiness by keeping the word of God)

Key Passage      Luke 11:28 (blessing to those who keep the word of God)

 

Adult:  

What does it mean to “keep the word of God”?

Child:   

When is it hard for you to obey your parents?

 

All Saints

Reading I            Revelation 7:2–4, 9–14 (rejoicing of the elect)

Reading II          1 John 3:1–3 (Children of God)

Gospel                 Matthew 5:1–12 (the beatitudes)

Key Passage      Revelation 7:10 (salvation  comes from the Lamb)

 

Adult:  

When you heard the Beatitudes today, which one struck you personally?

Child:   

Which  of the Beatitudes would you most like to have more of?