For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
August 23, 2015, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)
Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b
Gospel of John 6:60-69 Readings Here
REFLECTION: The readings for Sunday talk about fidelity. The first reading is about the fidelity of Israel to the covenant with God. Ephesians speaks about fidelity between husband and wife. And in the gospel, Jesus challenges his disciples to believe in him and his message. Like Peter, perhaps we can turn to Jesus in our need and say, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
PRAYER: Father, along with your Son, we sometimes call out, “Why have you forsaken us?” By his grace, may we hold fast to our belief that you are with us in all our trials. May we never reject you or blame you for our troubles. Amen.
Monday: With the family today, pray the Joyful Mysteries Video Here of the Rosary for families and faith.
Tuesday: When the opportunity comes today, ask your family what they think are the things that challenge our faith and values today.
Wednesday: Mary certainly believed strongly in God, but she also believed in herself. Think of times in her life when she acted with confidence and faith.
Thursday: In some way today alone or with family or friends, do an act of faith in kindness or support of the needy.
Plan a picnic supper tonight just to enjoy the fruits of your family fidelity to each other.
Saturday: Fidelity is built on trust. Reflect on the trust relationships in your family ties. How do they support or not support fidelity to each other?
PRAYER: Pray the great prayer of faith and trust which Jesus has taught us. Pray the Our Father.
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