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Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens

  • Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 30, 2017

    Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    July 30, 2017
    1 KINGS 3:5, 7–12
    PSALM 119:57, 72, 76–77,127–128, 129–130
    ROMANS 8:28–30
    MATTHEW 13:44–52 OR 13:44–46

    Reflection
    Imagine this: one night you are awakened by the sound of an alarm ringing in your
    home.  Your house is on fire. With no time to spare, what would be the one thing
    that you would  grab on your way out?
    Material items come and go; what is truly important to take with you?
    Today’s Gospel reading  offers a series of brief parables from Jesus. The first few
    follow a similar pattern: seeking and  finding something that is precious, followed
    by a selling of one’s own goods, and ultimately buying the prized commodity.
    Through these parables, Jesus is telling us that entry into the Kingdom of heaven
    requires all  of these steps. Finding a precious gift or being caught in Jesus’ net
    is just the first step.  We are asked to sell what is most important to us in order
    to purchase the fullness of what is being offered to us — the gift of being welcomed in to Jesus’ Kingdom.

    So, what is it that you would grab as you are exiting the burning building?
    Are you willing to offer it up to Jesus in order to receive the reward?
    How do you continue that moment of initial revelation, the finding of the gift or being
    caught in Christ’s net, and expand upon it in order to experience the Kingdom?

    Action

    Make a conscious effort this week to parcel out some of the things in your life
    that may be  distracting or take up a lot of your time. These may include watching
    TV, texting, or spending time on social media. Give up your phone for a couple of days.
    Make an effort to spend some quality time this week with your family and friends,
    away from technology. Also, spend some  of that time that you would normally spend
    doing other things and pick up your Bible .Read some Scripture.
    Enter into some prayer with what you read.

    Journaling Questions

    Reflect upon a moment in which you experienced the “hook” of Jesus’ presence in your life.
    What did this finding of something precious feel like?
    How did you respond to this initial experience of revelation?
    What still needs to be done to work toward the Kingdom of heaven?

    God’s Word, Your World! 2016 – 2017 © 2016 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders: 1-800-933-1800. Written by Kyle Turner. Permission to publish
    granted by the Very Reverend Ronald A. Hicks, Vicar General, Archdiocese of September 2, 2015.



  • Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 23, 2017

    Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 23, 2017
    Justice Tempered with Compassion
    Focus: To experience the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Wisdom 12:13, 16–19
    Psalm 86:5–6, 9–10, 15–16
    Romans 8:26–27
    Matthew 13:24–43 or 13:24–30

    Gospel Matthew 13:24–30 (longer form Matthew 13:24–43)
    A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
    Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
    The Gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

    Gospel Reflection God’s Justice and Patience :
    Have you ever done a small service for someone else that seemed to make a big difference to them? What happened? Today, we continue the section of the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus uses parables to tell us about the Kingdom of Heaven. God sows the good seed of justice and right relationship in our lives because he desires that we live fruitful lives. Sometimes, however, we give in to negative behaviors, attitudes, or actions that are like weeds in the field God has planted. But God will wait patiently for our return, and we are assured that God will judge our actions justly at the end of time. We are also reminded (in the longer form of the Gospel) that small things can grow into great ones. The Kingdom, we are told, is like a tiny seed that grows into a large plant. As people who have been given the gift of faith, we are called to build God’s Kingdom on earth by sharing our presence and care with others. When we do this on earth, we have an idea of what to look forward to in the future.
     Think about the past week. Which of your actions or thoughts helped grow the good seed that God has planted within you?
     What did you do or say were like weeds of negativity, harm, or hurt toward yourself or another?
     What will help you to grow strong and faithful, and to avoid evil or sinful ways?
     What small things can you do for others as a sign of God’s love?

    Focus on Church Teaching
    This Sunday’s Gospel reminds us that God is patient with us, showing mercy, withholding judgment for a final day, and hoping that we will seek repentance and live justly (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 827, 1037). Knowing the compassionate justice that God wants for all, we contemplate on Jesus’s words and deeds, inspiring us to unite ourselves with Christ.

    Scripture texts used in this work are taken from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America second typical edition © 1970, 1986, 1997, 1998, 2001 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. All rights reserved.Celebrating the Lectionary for Junior High Grades © 2017 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 800-933-1800.
  • Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 16,2017

    Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Reading 1 Is 55:10-11

    Thus says the LORD:
    Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come
    down and do not return there till they have watered the
    earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the
    one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall
    my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word
    shall not return to me void, but shall do my will,
    achieving the end for which I sent it.

    Reading II Rom 8:18-23

    Brothers and sisters:
    I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as
    nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
    For creation awaits with eager expectation the
    revelation of the children of God; for creation was
    made subject to futility, not of its own accord but
    because of the one who subjected it, in hope that
    creation itself would be set free from slavery to
    corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the
    children of God. We know that all creation is groaning
    in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we
    ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, we
    also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption,
    the redemption of our bodies.

    Gospel Mt 13:1-23 or 13:1-9

    On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down
    by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him
    that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole
    crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at
    length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.
    And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and
    birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground,
    where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because
    the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was
    scorched, and it withered for lack of roots.Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns
    grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich
    soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or
    thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
    The disciples approached him and said, “Why do
    you speak to them in parables?” He said to them
    in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of
    the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you,
    but to them it has not been granted. To anyone
    who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
    from anyone who has not, even what he has will
    be taken away. This is why I speak to them in
    parables, because they look but do not see and
    hear but do not listen or understand. Isaiah’s
    prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You shall
    indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed
    look but never see. Gross is the heart of this
    people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they
    have closed their eyes, lest they see with their
    eyes and hear with their ears and understand with
    their hearts and be converted, and I heal them.
    “But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
    and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to
    you, many prophets and righteous people longed
    to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear
    what you hear but did not hear it.
    “Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed
    sown on the path is the one who hears the word
    of the kingdom without understanding it, and the
    evil one comes and steals away what was sown in
    his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the
    one who hears the word and receives it at once
    with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a
    time. When some tribulation or persecution comes
    because of the word, he immediately falls away.
    The seed sown among thorns is the one who
    hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the
    lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.
    But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who
    hears the word and understands it, who indeed
    bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or
    thirtyfold.”

    Reflection Process / Questions
    • 10 mins Reading - underline a word or idea
    that strikes you
    • 10 mins Writing - write what you have heard,
    write your response to a reflection question(s)
    that attracts your attention
    • 10 mins Sharing / Praying - share with a friend
    or pray to God about livingtheword you have
    heard.

    • The final chapters of Isaiah are called
    the ‘Book of Consolations’, written to
    comfort and encourage the Israelites
    in exile. God’s people are invited to
    trust deeply in the power and
    promises of God. They will return
    home. The power of God’s word to do
    and bring about what is spoken points
    also to the Gospel reading and the
    power of the ‘seed’ that is sown to be
    extremely fruitful. The Hebrew ‘dabar’
    is translated as both ‘word’ and ‘deed’.
    Consider your own word. Do you ‘do’
    as you ‘say’? Is your word powerful?
    Effective? Can people rely on your
    ‘word’ and ‘what you say you will do’?
    • St Paul uses striking imagery to
    describe our spiritual journey. We
    groan within ourselves as we ‘wait for
    adoption’ and the ultimate redemption
    of our bodies. What life experience at
    present is causing you to ‘groan
    inwardly’? Do you accept or resent
    your human frailty and weakness? St
    Paul’s words suggest he talked with
    God about this. What is the
    experience of ‘waiting for adoption’?
    Can you link this with your discipleship
    and suffering?


    • Matthew chapter 13 has a series of
    parables. Today we listen to the first
    about the ‘Sower and the Seed’. The
    seed is the focus of the parable. It is
    symbolic of Jesus’ ‘word’ being sown
    by his preaching. A concern of Jesus’
    disciples and the early Christian
    community was why Jesus was
    apparently so ‘unsuccessful’. Many
    people listened, were healed, but did
    not believe and ‘follow’. This parable
    may be an attempt by the community
    of Matthew to explain why this
    happened.
    • Two points would have astounded the
    listeners of this parable. The
    generosity - or foolishness of the
    sower - putting seed in places where it
    will not grow. And the extreme
    fruitfulness of the seed planted in rich
    soil. A good crop would have been a
    yeild of 30% of the seed, but this seed
    brings also 60% and 100%
    fruitfulness! What does this show
    about God and the power of His
    Word? Consider the fruitfulness of the
    scriptures in your life. Can you identify
    a time when you responded to the
    Word asking you to do something
    incredibly challenging? Life-changing?
    What passage did this for you?
    • The reader is invited to reflect upon
    what type of ‘soil’ is present in their life
    and if there are any obstacles to the
    Word (seed)? Things closing my eyes,
    ears, heart? A question or topic of faith
    that I have not pursued enough and
    been satisfied with ‘not
    understanding’? Some trial or
    tribulation that I have let dominate my
    life, whose voice I have let be louder
    than God’s voice? Concern and
    ‘anxiety’ for money, job, clothing,
    posessions, relationships that have
    led me to choose the world over God?
    • What is one action that you will do to
    ‘livetheword’ this week?

    livingtheword weekly download and resources are created by Fr Frank Bird sm, a Priest of the Society of Mary working in the Diocese of Auckland, NZ.

  • Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 9, 2017

    LIVING THE WORD
    Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    July 9, 2017

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

    Zechariah 9:9 –10
    Psalm 145:1–2, 8–9, 10–11, 13–14
    Romans 8:9, 11–13
    Matthew 11:25 – 30

    Pray with the Word

    To the childlike, O God, you reveal yourself, and on those who are
    meek and humble of heart you bestow the inheritance of your kingdom.
    Set our hearts free from every burden of pretension and refresh our
    weary souls with the teaching of Christ, that with him we may shoulder
    the gentle yoke of the Cross and proclaim to everyone
    the joy that comes from you.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    Prepare for the Word

    Use this question to prepare yourself to hear the readings before attending Mass:

    What can I say I know about God because Jesus has shown me?

    Reflect on the Word

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

    What do you find to be the biggest burdens of discipleship?

    How does Jesus make even those big burdens seem light?

    Act on the Word

    Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
    Discipleship is not easy, but God gives us lots of help. He gives us the Holy Spirit. He gives us the Eucharist. He gives us priests and teachers. He also gives us the great gift of one another. This week, distract yourself from your own burdens by helping another person to bear his or her burden. Perhaps you know a new parent who could use a babysitter, or someone at school who could use a friend. If you don’t know anyone personally who needs your help, consider volunteering at a local nursing home or bringing some canned goods (bought with your own money!) to a food pantry. How does your perception of your own burdens change when you’re focusing on someone else?

    The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by John Angotti and Kristine Neumayer Jenkins; 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.

  • Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 2, 2017

    LIVING THE WORD
    Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    July 2, 2017

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

    2 Kings 4:8 –11, 14 –16a
    Psalm 89:2 – 3, 16 –17, 18 –19
    Romans 6:3 – 4, 8 –11
    Matthew 10:37– 42

    Pray with the Word

    Pour fourth into our hearts, strong and faithful God,
    the wisdom and daring of your Spirit, that we may
    take up the Cross and follow Christ,
    willing to lose our lives for his sake
    and to manifest to the world the hope of your kingdom.
    Through Christ our Lord.
    Amen

    Prepare for the Word

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

    What are the distractions in your life?

    How do you keep yourself focused on what is important?

    What is important to you? God? How?

    Reflect on the Word

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

    Which of your priorities help lead you to God? Which ones turn you away from him?
    Reflect upon these and how you might make some changes in your life to truly
    take up your cross and follow Christ.


    Act on the Word

    Use these ideas to act on the readings during the week:
    Make an “Examination of Priorities” (as opposed to an “Examination of Conscience”). List all of the different things, activities, sports, clubs, people (and so on) that you spend your time and energies on and with. Circle the priorities with which you spend the most time and energy. Where does God fit in on your list of priorities? Reflect upon how you might reorder your priorities so that God is first.

    The Living Word™ 2016–2017 © 2016Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications. All rights reserved. Orders 1-800-933-1800. Written by Kyle Turner; 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.