Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Reflection:  It is easy to read the Gospels leading up to the Passion of Christ and to become so frustrated and even angry with the Jews Jesus is speaking to.  It seems no matter what Jesus says or does they question Him and who He is.  It is clear to see that they are “enslaved to sin” but do not see it.  The word truly “has no room among” them.  In contrast, we see the profound faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  They had never been in the presence of the son of God, yet their faith moved them to trust in His saving power.  Because of their example of faith, even Nebuchadnezzar sings praise for “their God.”

Reflection for younger saints:  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego loved and trusted God and risked their lives rather than worship another God.  Because of their faith, God saved them from the burning furnace.

Big Picture:  Love and serve God, rather than questioning Him

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What were the names of the three men who chose to serve God rather than worship other gods?  What was the name of the King that told Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego they must worship another God?  What was done to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego because they would not worship the god of Nebuchadnezzar?  Did God save them?
     Older saints:  Are you living your life like the Jews, constantly questioning and testing God, or like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego whose strong faith led them to risk their lives rather than serve another God?  Does your behavior and trust in God draw others to see God’s love and grace?

Fun Fact:  The Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Homily, so we will get something out of the Homily regardless of the speaker.

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