Sunday, March 10, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Reflection:  “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”  Having true and trusting faith in God can be a challenge, and it is a challenge that people have faced for centuries.  Even in Jesus’ time the people questioned Him and questioned a faith in God.  Are you seeking signs and fireworks from God to tell you He is with you and He is working in your life?  Or do you simply know and trust that He is always walking by your side?  As we approach Easter we are reminded that God provided us with the most amazing sign and wonder of His presence and His love:  He sent His son to die for our sins so we can rise to eternal life.  What other sign could we ever need to know of God’s love and God’s presence?

Reflection for younger saints:  Today’s Gospel reading reminds us what it means to have faith.  To have faith in God is to believe in all the truths that God has shown us.  The people that Jesus met in His time on earth wanted to see Him do things to prove God’s existence and that He was the Son of God.  God gave us one true and lasting sign in Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Big Picture:  Believing without seeing

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Part of having faith in God and believing in God is having trust in what the Catholic Church teaches us about the life and teachings of Jesus.  What does it mean to have trust?  What does it mean to have faith?  Does having faith require a trust in God and in the Catholic Church?
     Older saints:  If you have not already been asked this question in your life, it will likely happen at one point or another:  How can you believe in God when you can’t see God?  There are many things that people in our society believe in without being able to see them, but for some reason this doesn’t always apply to faith in God’s existence.  Reflect on how you would answer this question.  Are you ready to answer it, or do you need to do some research and preparation?  Make that your task for this week.

Fun Fact:  The Lectionary is the book used during Mass that contains all the readings organized by date.

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