Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reflection:  “Light came into the world, but people preferred darkness.”  Is this not still the situation in our day?  We re-write laws to take God out of our society, fight Church teaching because it is “outdated”, and establish new churches because the old ones don’t fit “our beliefs.”  We have always been a people that prefers darkness, because we think God can not see us and our sins there.  Oh, how God longs for us to come into His light.  If we seek God first and live the truth, we will always be doing the will of God.  It is only in His light that we find true protection and true joy.  Just as God freed the Apostles from the darkness of their jail cell, His light will free us from the darkness of sin.  All we must do is seek God and his saving and redeeming grace and forgiveness.

Reflection for younger saints:  God freed the Apostles from their dark jail cell.  God also frees us from the dark sins that hold us captive.

Big Picture:  “Whoever lives the truth comes to the light.”

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Would you rather live a life in the dark, or in the light?  Who is our light?  How is God our light?  (God helps us to see our sins and to seek forgiveness from our sins so that we can live in God’s light.)
     Older saints:  Reflect on the Gospel reading’s description of a life of darkness compared to a life in the light.  How do your behaviors and other’s behaviors differ in the darkness compared to the light?  Do we hide away our sins in the darkness hoping God won’t see them?  Are you seeking God’s light or are you still hiding away in the darkness?  Do others see your light?

Fun Fact:  The angels are spirits without bodies that were created by God.  They can’t be seen, heard, or touched.  They are more powerful and have more knowledge than people (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 24).

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