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Weekly Reflection Videos & Discussions

Week of July 8, 2024 (Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

  1. Watch the homily video: https://www.youtube.com/live/VzcAjPNN45Q
  2. Watch Deacon Jim’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBH26wD5wzM

Question for discussion:

  1. Fr. Bob mentioned in his homily that we have the choice of being a cynic or of being more hopeful. Can someone who has chosen to be a cynic still be a good Catholic? If so, how? If not, why not?1A Follow up. Think of a time in your life when you have been more cynical and of a time in your life when you have been filled with more hope? What was it that triggered you to go down either one of these paths?
  2. In 2 Corinthians 12:10 Paul says, “Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” What do think that Paul means when he says, “for when I am weak, then I am strong.”2A Follow up. Have you ever had a time in your life when for whatever the reason you found yourself being weak, but yet you were still strong? Can you share that experience with the group?
  3. Looking at all three of the readings, we learn of somebody dealing with tragedy or personal difficulties. When you have dealt with adversity in the past, how have you responded to that adversity? Here’s the important piece of the question. If you were to face that same type of adversity today, would you respond differently that you did previously? If so, why? Is it because of faith has grown, or is it because your faith has become less strong?

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Lectio Divina – Mark 6:1-6 (See the verses above)

Week of June 24, 2024 (Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

  1. Watch the homily video: https://www.youtube.com/live/Mz-aViAPT7k
  2. Watch Deacon Jim’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otIzfvAxujY

Question for reflection:

  1. Share a time in your life when God calmed a storm in your life or helped you to get through the storm. How did this experience impact your faith?
  2. From the second reading, 2 Corinthians 5:14-17.                                                                                                                                                            Brothers and sisters:The love of Christ impels us,
    once we have come to the conviction that one died for all;
    therefore, all have died.
    He indeed died for all,
    so that those who live might no longer live for themselves
    but for him who for their sake died and was raised.Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh;
    even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh,
    yet now we know him so no longer.
    So whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
    the old things have passed away;
    behold, new things have come.

    What does it mean to you to no longer live for yourself, but to live for Christ?

  3. Looking back on your faith development over your life, who was the person, the catalyst, who planted the first seeds of faith in you that have grown to the point of your current faith?

Lectio Divina – 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 (See the verses above)

Week of June 10, 2024 (Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

  1. Watch the homily video: https://www.youtube.com/live/zCVXfRRZ95g
  2. Watch Fr. George’s video: https://youtu.be/TNBXI5xQMzw

Question for reflection:

Reflect on your experiences of being bound with something.  Not necessarily a great big experience of possession. But just being bound by experiences of sin, or hard feelings or bad experiences or hurtful memories. Things that keep us bound and away from our Lord. We need to look at these and ask the Lord to come in and unbind us and to bind Satan in our lives. We can pray for this. We can ask to come in and remove the influences of evil in our lives.

 

  • This week I want to ask you to think about the power of Satan in our lives and think about the even greater power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Think of those times when you have experienced liberation from times when you felt oppressed by the evil one.
  • Think about those times where Jesus has come into your life and changed you for the better and brought you closer to him.

 

Lectio Divina: 

2 Corinthians 4:13-16

 Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God. Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.

 

 

Week of May 27, 2024 (Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity)

  1. Watch the homily video: https://www.youtube.com/live/eA96govit1M
  2. Watch Fr. George’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP2FjsApxSk

Question for reflection:

We need to look for times in our lives where we can give that Self giving, self forgetting, self emptying love to others. This week I’d like for you to reflect on that love in your life.

  • Where have you done acts of forgiveness?
  • Where have you done acts of self-forgetting love and give your love to another?
  • What are some struggles that you might have in this area?
  • Where are some opportunities that present themselves to you on a pretty regular basis?

If we learn to love the way that Jesus taught us to love, we are entering into the love of the Holy Trinity. Let’s reflect on that love today and let’s put it into action in our lives

Lectio Divina: Romans 8:14-17

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”

The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Week of May 13, 2024 (Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord)

  1. Watch the homily video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJjoX1_MdtM
  2. Watch Fr. George’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjLyOiO5fFk
  3. Lectio Divina: Ephesians 4:1-13

Unity in the Body.

I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Diversity of Gifts.

But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore, it says: “He ascended on high and took prisoners captive; he gave gifts to men.” What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended into the lower [regions] of the earth? The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

Question for reflection:

  • How are we making present our Lord Jesus Christ on this earth and how are we preparing ourselves for the gift of eternal life?

Week of April 22, 2024 (4th Sunday of Easter)

Gospel Reading: John 10:11-18

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4hmeruhhzI

Question for discussion:

  1. Discuss how, during Jesus’ ministry, he demonstrated the three characteristics of leading from the front, leading from within and leading from behind? What examples can you recite from Scripture that show these types of leadership?
  2. Which shepherd do you relate to the best? The shepherd that leads from the front, the shepherd that leads from within the group or the shepherd that leads from behind, who has your back if you are falling behind?

Lectio Divina: Psalm 23

Pray for vocations that we discussed this past weekend and for those making their first Communion this coming weekend.

Week of April 8, 2024 (2nd Sunday of Easter)

Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsVdAYi9jVk

Question for discussion:

  • Are you seeing Jesus with that spiritual sense? Do you see him? Do you touch him? Do you speak to him spiritually?
  • Is it difficult for me to believe in him without seeing?
  • Can you open my mind and my heart to seeing the Lord without having him physically present?

Lectio Divina: 1 Peter 1:6-9

In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls.

Week of March 11, 2024 (4th Sunday of Lent)

Gospel Reading (Year A): John 9:1-41

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RhI5JCHS8Y

Question for discussion:

Reflect on those areas where we have moved from darkness into light. From maybe not knowing something to growing in our faith. Being able to see, not with our eyes, but with our heart and mind. Where have we grown in that ability? How are we seeing Jesus are work in our lives? How are we coming into the light?

Lectio Divina: Ephesians 5:8-16

Reflect on; meditate on the movement into light. The light of faith, the light of belief. The light of the resurrection that we look forward to after the darkness of Lent, and at the bright celebration of Easter.

Ephesians 5:8-16

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light,

for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.

Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them,

for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret;

but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,

for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it says:

“Awake, O sleeper,

and arise from the dead,

and Christ will give you light.”

Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise,

making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil.

Week of February 26, 2024 (2nd Sunday of Lent)

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:2-10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06YO_SUMqSE

Question for discussion:

Think about what there is in your life; think about who you are; what you do; what you have and how that can be a sacrifice to God.

Lectio Divina: Philippians 2:1-11

Read these verses carefully and prayerfully. This gives us some insight into Christ offering of himself and how we are supposed to model the mind of Christ; the very being of Christ; in our lives.

During this time of Lent, let us make an offering of our lives as the 3rd Eucharistic prayer says, may he make of us an eternal offering to you.

Week of February 12, 2024 (6th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:40-45

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rHS2oO6z4A

Questions for discussion:

Reflect on coming to the Lord with your deepest desires; your deepest needs and your deepest suffering; coming to the Lord in prayer from the depth of who you are. Have you done this previously? Have you done this in your daily prayer? Have you had the experience of Jesus’ deep compassion, his deep care, his desire to heal us?

Lectio Divina: Matthew 11:18-20

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Week of January 21, 2024 (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:14-20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_wF63ylmkU

Themes

Repentance – See the areas in our life where we are not living up to our calling or we are not staying close to our Lord Jesus and where we are turning away from God and we turn back to him.

Conversion –  that we have a deep experience of that repentance, not just changing particular behavior, but that our thoughts, our heart, our mind, our soul experience a slow turning to the Lord.

We are called to Follow the Lord

Questions:

  1. Reflect on the 3 themes (Repentance, Conversion and following the Lord) as they are lived out in your own personal life.
  2. What have been the challenges that you’ve found in these areas?
  3. What are areas where you see real growth?
  4. What are the areas where you feel a real joy in being closer to the Lord?

Lectio Divina: Mark 1:14-20

  1. Pay particular attention of how God is calling the Apostles.
  2. How is God calling us now? What is it that he is calling us to?
  3. What is it that we need to leave behind so that we can follow God along the way?