Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Reflection:  Jesus and the Apostles provide us with yet another lesson on obedience to the Father’s will.  We see the Apostles being persecuted and scattered about, yet they continue to preach the word.  We remember all that Jesus sacrificed and all that He took on in order to do the will of God.  These are great reminders to us of our own need to obey God and to do His will.  This is not always easy, just as it was not always easy for Jesus or the Apostles.  Obedience to God’s will may involve suffering, sacrifice, and persecution, but it also involves joy and eternal life.  When was the last time you sat down and asked God to show you His plan, and you trusted in His answer?

Reflection for younger saints:  In today’s Gospel reading Jesus is talking about how all of His life was lived to obey God’s will.  The Apostles are also obeying God’s will by teaching others about God, even though other people are hurting them and being unkind to them for teaching about God.  God asks us to obey and listen to His will too.

Big Picture:  Trust in God’s plan for you

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What does it mean that God has a plan for your life?  What does it mean to obey God?  How do we know God’s plan or God’s will for us?
     Older saints:  When was the last time you sat down and asked God what His will was for your life?  Did you listen to and trust in His answer?

Fun Fact:  Venial sins are less serious sins that offend God.  For something to be a venial sin it must:  not be seriously wrong, or if it is seriously wrong the person committing the sin did not know it was seriously wrong or did not consent to doing it (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 33).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Benedict Joseph Labre
     What they are remembered for:  St. Benedict Joseph Labre was the eldest of 18 children.  After an unsuccessful attempt at entering the priesthood, he devoted his life to traveling to shrines and living off alms.  He is the patron saint of the homeless as much of his life was spent without a home and fully dependent on the donations of others.
     Feast day:  April 17
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