Friday, January 25, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Reflection:  St. Paul gives us a great pep-talk today in his second letter to Timothy.  His words are rather striking as they call us forth to great things.  St. Paul reminds us of our need to rekindle our fire and our passion for Christ.  As we set out to bring Christ to the world we will be met with hardship, and people (even our families) may even think we have lost our minds.  But, we are not to be cowards, we are to be strong, we are to stand firm, and we are to be overjoyed to share the good news of Christ.   

Big Picture:  Rekindle the fire in your soul

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Do you know who wrote today’s first reading, which was a letter to St. Timothy?  (St. Paul.)  Who is St. Paul?  (At first St. Paul didn’t believe in Jesus.  Once He understood all the great things Jesus did and that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, St. Paul wanted everyone to know about the good news of Jesus.  He spent the rest of his life teaching others about Jesus.)  Has he written any other books in the Bible?  (St. Paul wrote 13 books in the Bible.  All of his writings were in the form of letters to communities or individual people.) 
     Older saints:  Are you sometimes scared to tell others about God?  Did you find St. Paul’s letter to Timothy to be a good reminder that you aren’t the only one to feel this way?  What do you think about the fact that even Jesus’ family thought He had lost His mind in the way He had devoted His life to serving and teaching others?  Do you ever feel like others will think the same thing about you if you devote your life in service to God?

Fun Fact:  The word Gospel means “good news”.

Saint of the day: 
  St. Timothy
     Key aspect of their life:  St. Timothy joined St Paul on his second missionary journey while St. Paul was preaching in Lystra, and became a close friend to St. Paul.  Following his time with St. Paul, St. Timothy travel to Ephesus and became their first bishop.  He was later stoned to death due to his opposition to the pagan festival of Katagogian.
     Feast day:  January 26

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