Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

IS 43:16-21; PS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; PHIL 3:8-14; JN 8:1-11

Reflection:  Today St. Paul gives us a much needed reminder of our ultimate goal and pursuit in this life:  “the prize of God’s upward calling” and a place in heaven with Jesus.  It is only in “the righteousness from God” and living our lives around the example of Christ that we can hope to achieve this goal.  As St. Paul reminds us, we must “accept the loss of all things…that we may gain Christ.”  Have you taken time this Lent to reflect on what goal you are living your life focused on?  Have you accepted the loss of “things” in order that you may gain Christ?  Are you striving toward “sharing of his suffering” so you may share in the resurrection?

Reflection for younger saints:  Today we are reminded that our goal here on earth is to live our life like Christ so that one day we will be with Him in heaven.

Big Picture:  Our ultimate goal and prize is heaven

Discussion Starters:
Younger saints:  Who should we try to live like every day?  How do we do that?  (By knowing Jesus through reading scripture, following the teachings of the Church, and obeying God’s commandments).  What is our goal in living this way?
Older saints:  Take ten minutes to make a list of 5 goals for your life.  Reflect on whether you have made room for God or consulted God in establishing those goals.  How will those goals help you to live like Christ and get you to heaven?  How are you making changes in your life to try to achieve those goals?

Scripture Verse for the Week:  “I continue my pursuit toward the goal,
the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.”  Phil 3:14

You are now entering the mission field:  Offer forgiveness to someone who hurt you this week (Spiritual Works of Mercy:  To forgive offenses willingly).


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