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St Leonard Faith Community
Located on the grounds of St Leonard Senior Community
8100 Clyo Road
CENTERVILLE, OH
United States
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The Living Word

 

Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens

  • Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord May 28, 2017

    LIVING THE WORD
    Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
    May 28, 2017

    SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MASS
    Find the readings at www.USCCB.org or in a Bible.

    Acts of the Apostles 1:1–11
    Psalm 47:2 – 3, 6 –7, 8 – 9
    Ephesians 1:17– 23
    Matthew 28:16 – 20

    Pray with the Word

    God of all creation, whose mighty power raised Jesus from the dead,
    be present to this community of disciples whom you have called to be hope
    of a glorious inheritance among the saints.
    Strengthen us in the power of the Spirit to go and make disciples of all nations,
    to obey everything that Jesus has commanded of us, and to know that he is with us always
    until the end of the age, interceding before you on our behalf, living and reigning with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
    Amen.

    Prepare for the Word

    Use these questions to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attending Mass:

    Who are the people in your life you consider to be disciples of Christ? What can you learn from these individuals?

    Where can you bring the Good News in your life, not simply in word but also in deed?

    Reflect on the Word

    Use these questions to reflect on the readings after attending Mass:

    Christ sends his Apostles out to be disciples in the world. Where do you feel Christ is calling you in faith?

    This solemnity celebrates Christ ascending into heaven to be with his father. The Apostles were scared and felt abandoned. When have you felt abandoned by God? What did you do to strengthen your faith in this time?

    Act on the Word

    Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
    In the midst of the chaos of the world, it can be hard to center ourselves and remember that our earthly mission is to be the hands and feet of Christ. This week, meditate on these words of St. Teresa of Avila to remind you of this mission:

    Christ has no body but yours,
    No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
    Yours are the eyes with which he looks
    Compassion on this world,
    Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
    Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
    Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
    Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
    Christ has no body now but yours,
    No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
    Yours are the eyes with which he looks with compassion on this world.
    Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

    The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by Sarah Ault; prayer written by Peter J. Scagnelli. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on November 12, 2015.

  • Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord April 16, 2017

    LIVING THE WORD
    Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
    April 16, 2017

    SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MASS
    Find the readings at www.USCCB.org or in a Bible.

    Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37– 43
    Psalm 118:1– 2, 16 –17, 22 – 23
    Colossians 3:1– 4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b – 8
    John 20:1– 9, Matthew 28:1–10, or Luke 24:13 – 35

    Pray with the Word

    This is the day, Lord God, that you have made!
    Raising Christ from the dead, and raising us with Christ,
    you have fashioned for yourself a new people, washed in the flood of Baptism,
    sealed with the gift of your Spirit, invited to the banquet of the Lamb!
    In the beauty of this Easter day, set our minds on the new life
    to which you have called us; place on our lips the words of witness
    for which you have anointed us; and ready our hearts to celebrate the festival,
    with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    Prepare for the Word

    Use these questions to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attending Mass:

    Has there been a time that you have felt confused in your faith? How have you tried to remedy these feelings?

    Things often happen in our lives that we do not understand. When have you experienced something like this?

    Reflect on the Word

    Use these questions to reflect on the readings after attending Mass:

    When the first disciples found the empty tomb, they did not fully understand what had happened. When has been a time in your faith where you only understood something after it happened?

    Alleluia! He is risen! In what ways can you celebrate Christ’s Resurrection in your faith?

    Act on the Word

    Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
    We have just ended the season of Lent and have entered into the joyous season of Easter Time! For the past forty days, we have reflected on what we would like to change in our lives to be able to more fully participate in the Resurrection of Christ. To help facilitate this reflection, take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. At the top of one column write “To Overcome.” At the top of the other column write “Outcomes.” Under “To Overcome,” write down the things you have worked on during Lent or things you would like to work on to improve your life. Under “Outcomes,” write down what you would like to happen as a result of changing those habits. Hopefully this activity will help strengthen your resolve to keep working toward change.


    The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by Sarah Ault; prayer written by Peter J. Scagnelli. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on November 12, 2015.

  • Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord April 9, 2017

    LIVING THE WORD
    Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
    April 9, 2017

    SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MASS
    Find the readings at www.USCCB.org or in a Bible.

    Matthew 21:1–11
    Isaiah 50:4 –7
    Psalm 22:8 – 9, 17–18, 19 – 20, 23 – 24
    Philippians 2:6 –11
    Matthew 26:14 — 27:66 or 27:11– 54

    Pray with the Word

    Your Servant, Lord our God, speaks the word that all the weary long to hear.
    Your Son humbles himself to carry the Cross that your people long to embrace.
    As we enter into this Holy Week, let the same mind be in us that was in Christ Jesus.
    Empty us of ourselves, and draw us close to his Cross, that we may find in the obedience of Christ
    the strength to drink of the cup that did not pass him by.
    Who lives and reigns with you
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever.
    Amen.

    Prepare for the Word

    Use these questions to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attending Mass:

    What do you do to prepare for a special guest? Why do you want to treat guests with something extra or special?

    In what ways do you prepare to receive Christ’s Body and Blood at Mass?

    Reflect on the Word

    Use these questions to reflect on the readings after attending Mass:

    This week, the very people who would later crucify Christ welcome him into the city with shouts of joy. When is a time where you have turned your back on God?

    Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem solidifies his role as King. In Baptism, we are given this same anointing. What does it mean to share in Jesus’ kingly mission?

    Act on the Word

    Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
    Palm Sunday begins Holy Week. On Thursday of Holy Week, we begin the Sacred Paschal Triduum with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. At this Mass, we will hear the Gospel reading of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Doing so, Jesus gives us a great example of what it means to be a humble, servant leader. Your challenge this week is to model this action at home and at school. Volunteer to clean up after class one day. Hold the door open for your fellow classmates at the end of the school day instead of running out of class when the bell rings. Perhaps you can offer to cook a meal for your family and clean up after dinner. Ask your parents what would be helpful for you to do around the house. Mundane tasks such as these can be rather banal if we aren’t intentional about doing them in a place of love and servitude.

    The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by Sarah Ault; prayer written by Peter J. Scagnelli. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on November 12, 2015.

  • Fifth Sunday of Lent April 2, 201

    LIVING THE WORD
    Fifth Sunday of Lent
    April 2, 2017

    SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MASS
    Find the readings at www.USCCB.org or in a Bible.

    Ezekial 37:12 –14
    Psalm 130:1– 2, 3 – 4, 5 – 6, 7– 8
    Romans 8:8 –11
    John 11:1– 45 or 11:3 –7, 17, 20 – 27, 33b – 45

    Pray with the Word

    As once in the vision, O God, your prophet summoned the spirit
    so that dry bones stood up alive, and as once your Son stood fearless at death’s door
    calling Lazarus to come forth alive, raise us up with Christ from the death of sin,
    that all of us, the elect and the baptized, may be unbound and set free.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    Prepare for the Word

    Use these questions to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attending Mass:

    When you pray, do you really believe that God hears and answers your call?

    Christ tells us that whoever lives and believes in him will have eternal life. How can you more deeply live and believe in Christ?

    Reflect on the Word

    Use these questions to reflect on the readings after attending Mass:

    In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus’ human nature when he weeps for his dead friend. What does it mean for your faith to reflect on the human nature of Jesus?

    What is something in your life that you need to let go of (or let die) so that you might rise to new life with Jesus?

    Act on the Word

    Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
    We hear in today’s Gospel that Jesus is the Resurrection and the life. He tells us that whoever believes in him will have eternal life. What does belief in God look like? Christ tells us repeatedly in the Gospel accounts that in order to follow him, we must love one another. In order to begin or, rather, (hopefully) continue to love one another, your weekly challenge is to do three random acts of kindness a day. This could be anything from holding the door open for classmates at school or washing the dishes after a meal without being asked. At the end of each day, reflect on these acts and think about what difference you made in those people’s life

    The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by Sarah Ault; prayer written by Peter J. Scagnelli. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on November 12, 2015

  • Fourth Sunday of Lent March 26, 2017

    LIVING THE WORD
    Fourth Sunday of Lent
    March 26, 2017

    SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR MASS
    Find the readings at www.USCCB.org or in a Bible.

    1 Samuel 16:1b, 6 –7, 10 –13a
    Psalm 23:1– 3a, 3b – 4, 5, 6
    Ephesians 5:8 –14
    John 9:1– 41 or 9:1, 6 – 9, 13 –17, 34 – 38

    Pray with the Word

    O God whose face we long to see, in Christ you come in search of us,
    judging not by outward appearance but gazing into our hearts at the light you have kindled.
    As once you gave Samuel insight to see young David as your shepherd-king,
    as once you led the man born blind to look on Christ and behold the face of your Anointed,
    so now clear our vision and focus our sight that all of us, the elect and baptized,
    may acknowledge Christ as the Light of the world.
    Who lives and reigns with you
    in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever.
    Amen.

    Prepare for the Word

    Use these questions to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attending Mass:

    To find clarity in a situation, we often need to see things from a different perspective. How can you look at things from a different angle this week when things get difficult?

    As you listen to the readings this week, think about a time when God has done something incredible for you. Give him thanks for all that he has done for you.

    Reflect on the Word

    Use these questions to reflect on the readings after attending Mass:

    Jesus cured the blind man so people would come to believe in God through him. Who is someone that has strengthened your faith because of how they live?

    We are often blind to our own faults, as the Pharisees are in this Gospel. What are some things to which you have been turning a blind eye?

    Act on the Word

    Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
    We live in a culture where we are constantly bombarded with judgmental comments. Celebrities, for example, are always under the scrutiny of the public eye; we hear about what they wore or what they did and why it wasn’t good enough. Our culture does not, however, typically focus on self-reflection, on taking time to look at our own lives to see ways in which we can improve ourselves. This week, your challenge is to reflect on your day every night. Think of three things you did well and three things you would like to improve if you were given the chance.

    The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by Sarah Ault; prayer written by Peter J. Scagnelli. Permission to publish granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Chicago, on November 12, 2015