Thursday, April 25, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Reflection:  It can be hard to read today’s Gospel without singing for joy at the truth and beauty within it.  In times of struggle and trouble we find hope and strength in our creator.  “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”  Our savior has gone before us to show us the path to salvation, for He is “the way and the truth and the life.”  The more we die to ourselves and the ways of this world, the more we are able to follow the way that Jesus has shown us.  The more we read His word and His Church’s teaching, the more equipped we are to know His truth.  The more we truth in the eternal life He has gained for us, the more willing we are to take up our own crosses and strive for spiritual perfection so we might attain the glory of heaven.

Reflection for younger saints:  Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.  We must follow Jesus’ example, know his teachings and His scripture, and we will gain the glory of heaven with Him one day.

Big Picture:  Follow Jesus’ example and know His truth.

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Jesus says “I am the ______ and the _______ and the ______.”  What is He telling us?  (Follow His example and know His teaching and you will be able to join Him in heaven.)  Is it enough just to know and love Jesus?  (No, we must also follow His example and live as He did.)
     Older saints:  Jesus says “I am the ______ and the ________ and the _______.”  How are you following His way?  How are you not?  How are you learning and knowing His truth?  How are you not?  Make a list of 2-3 goals to help you improve how you know and follow Jesus.

Fun Fact:  The second commandment is:  Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.  In this we are commanded to always speak of God, the saints, and holy things with reverence and respect (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 87).

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