Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


SUNDAY READINGS

The Sixteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time, July 21
The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 28
First Reading:  Genesis 18:1-10a
Second Reading:  Colossians 1:24-28
Gospel:  Luke 10:38-42
First Reading:  Genesis 18:20-32
Second Reading: Colossians 2:12-14
Gospel: Luke 11:1-13

In today’s first reading we get a glimpse of the importance of hospitality in the desert.  The Gospel continues this theme of hospitality.  Martha prepares the meal in the kitchen while Mary sits at the Lord’s feet.  Martha takes exception to Mary’s action, but Mary is being hospitable in her own way.  Jesus teaches Martha to balance her work with a bit of listening.

 

In today’s Gospel Luke gives us his version of the Lord’s Prayer, slightly different in wording from Matthew’s version.  It would seem that Jesus taught his disciples how to pray without request is for the coming of God’s reign.  One quality of prayer is stressed: perseverance.  Eventual success is assured and in the process one stays in touch with God. 

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

Who are you most like, Mary or Martha? Tell of an experience from your life to support your answer.

What do you do to prepare yourself to listen to Christ?  Do you have a special time or place for listening?

How can your prayer life be more centered?

We all need “daily bread.” What does this bread include for you?

How are you affected when you are slow to forgive?

Who do you need to forgive?

 

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