Praying with Sunday's Scriptures
Editor's note: To help small faith-sharing groups, a Diocesan Faith Sharing Writing Team has prepared a Lenten series using the Renew model. The series will appear in The Compass throughout Lent. The readings will return in the March 29 issue. Readings for the upcoming week will continue to be listed.
February 24, 2002, Second Sunday of Lent
Reading I: Genesis 12:1-4
Reading II: 2 Timothy 1:8-10
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
By Pat Resch
Focus: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
Open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts, Lord. Help us to know your ways. Grant us the graces we need to do what you request of us by your holy commandments and divine inspirations. Amen.
Scripture Sharing: What thought, line or image from the Scripture readings caught your attention?
Reflection: Humanity, free will, grace, commandments, inspirations. What a mixture! The two surely play havoc with the last three. Take Peter whom Jesus himself called to follow him. He heard the voice of God, "This is my beloved Son. Listen to him." He was living in the moment and still denied Jesus three times in Jesus' hour of need. Peter's own humanity brought him to his knees. Fear controlled his free will. But in the end, Peter overcame his weak humanity and listened to all that Jesus said. It's not hard to know what God wants from us. He just never said it would be our way or the easy way.
1. How do you listen to God's word?
2. Have you ever been asked to do more than attend Mass and pray? In what ways?
3. Of the times you were called to do more and followed through, did you experience blessings of any kind?
Action Response: How are you 'summoned to serve'?
1 Act upon something you were called to do over and above Mass and prayer.
2. Ask your pastor if there is any project he needs your help with.
3. Help someone in need by becoming a foster parent. Donate food to a food pantry. Teach a religion class. Get involved in other parish activities. Spend time with a lonely person.
Individuals offer their intentions to bring to prayer.
Lord, the world is moving so fast. Please slow us down long enough to see your will. Inspire us to do your will without hesitation. Give us the grace, wisdom and love to do it your way, Lord. Show us your way. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son. Amen.
(Pat Resch is a member of the Religious Education staff at St. Mary Parish, Crivitz.)