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CENTERVILLE, OH
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Sunday Gospel Reflections and Activities for Teens

  • Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time August 20, 2017

    Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    August 20, 2017

     

    Isaiah 56:1, 6–7

    Psalm 67:2–3, 5, 6, 8

    Romans 11:13–15, 29–32

    Matthew 15:21–28

     

    Reflection

    Did you ever stop to consider that, in the midst of his ministry, Jesus himself didn’t have it all figured out yet? Does it seem irreverent to even suggest that? Jesus is fully human and fully divine (God). It’s what we call the Incarnation, and it’s a great mystery of our faith. Brilliant and faithful thinkers over the centuries have tried to unpack what we mean when we say that Jesus is both truly God and truly human. Today’s Gospel invites us to do the same by considering how Jesus grew in his sense of who he was in his humanity, and to whom he was sent to minister. At the beginning of the story, Jesus is unmoved by the Canaanite woman’s pleas to heal her daughter. He tells her he was sent “only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (that is, his own people; Matthew 15:24). It’s jarring to witness Jesus acting so callous and insensitive toward this woman who is obviously hurting. He insults her, implying that she is a dog! But the woman persists. She turns Jesus’ words upside down and something truly shocking happens: Jesus has a change of heart! He allows her daughter to be healed. The encounter with the Canaanite woman (an outsider) is a moment of conversion — for Jesus, that is. From this point onward his ministry expands to the entire world. By the end of Matthew’s account of the Gospel he instructs his followers to go “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Today’s lesson is about God’s endless mercy being extended to all.

     

    Action

    Find comfort in this: Jesus grew and developed as a person, just like you and me. If he didn’t he would have been faking his humanity. The Canaanite woman challenged Jesus to expand his notion of who was “part of the club.” It was a turning point for Jesus’ own life. Surely, there are people in our own lives as well who we choose to exclude — perhaps because they are different, they have let us down, or don’t live up to our standards. And unfortunately, many people experience church as a place of exclusion as well, rather than as a place of unconditional acceptance. Isaiah says, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Who could we invite into our circles this week to make them a little bit wider?

     

    Journaling Questions

     

    Do you find it easier to identify with Jesus’ humanity or with his divinity?

     

    Why are they both equally important?

     

    What can Jesus’ humanity teach us about our own humanity?

     

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

  • Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time August 13, 2017

    Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    August 13, 2017

     Readings

    1 Kings 19:9a, 11–13a

    Psalm 85:9, 10, 11–12, 13–14

    Romans 9:1–5

    Matthew 14:22–33

     

    Reflection

    Have you ever truly experienced complete silence? Society is so full of noise, which comes to us from a multitude of sources. I don’t even fully realize how much sound there is around me until I am confronted with true silence. For example, one time I was in my house. My wife was out of town for business, I had just put our baby to sleep for the night, and I had settled in on the couch to read a book. All of a sudden, the power to the house cut out. Even though I had thought it was quiet in the house, once all our appliances, clocks, and light bulbs turned off, I realized how much noise was still present around me. An almost eerie silence enveloped me.

                Today’s First Reading from 1 Kings speaks of God passing through Elijah as he stood on Mount Horeb. Elijah was told to go outside of his cave to stand before the Lord. Because of this experience, Elijah learns that God was not in the loud or disruptive events of wind, earthquakes, or fire, but rather, God was present in a tiny whisper. So often, we go about our busy days, tending to all the things that keep us busy: school, work, family life, homework, and so on. Our lives are so full that sometimes we may miss God passing us by in a simple whisper. An important aspect of the spiritual life is to slow down and enter into some silence so that we can notice God moving in our lives. God walks into this world and invites us to be a reflection of his love. Sometimes what is needed is for us to quiet ourselves so that we can hear his walking and truly follow him.

     

    Action

    Make a conscious effort this week to enter into some silence. Our lives can get so cluttered with many things that sometimes we need to make some effort to step away from the things that distract and consume. If possible, get out into some nature. Or go and spend some quiet time in prayer or participate in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Leave your phone at home. Find a place away from the crowds and commotion. Be attentive to what you experience and hear around you.

     

    Journaling Questions

     

    Are there moments in your daily life in which you experience the quiet?

     

    If so, identify when in your day this happens. What do you notice in those moments in which it is quiet?

     

    What are the quiet moments in which you experience God’s presence?

     

    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.

  • Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord August 6, 2017

    Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
    August 6, 2017

    Readings
    DANIEL 7:9–10, 13–14
    PSALM 97:1–2, 5–6, 9
    2 PETER 1:16–19
    MATTHEW 17:1–9

    Reflection

    Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Fans of the Harry Potter Series
    might be familiar with the subject of Transfiguration, taught by Professor McGonagall.
    In Harry Potter, Transfiguration is the artof transforming oneself beyond their physical
    appearance into an entirely different creature. McGonagall herself is known for
    changing into a cat! In the Christian tradition, Transfiguration means to change into
    something more beautiful in appearance to reveal something even more profound
    about God. That’s what Jesus did on top of the mountain in the presence of a few
    of his disciples. Transfiguration is a word that’s not really part of our everyday
    language,  is it? It sure wasn’t an everyday sort of experience for Peter, James,
    and John, either. Jesus took the disciples to the top of a high mountain where his
    clothesbecame dazzling white, his appearance completely changed right before
    their very eyes, and they were simply dumbfounded. Jesus chose this moment
    to reveal his divinity — that he is God. Jesus’ divinity is affirmed by the voice
    in the clouds that says, “This is  my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
    listen to him” (Matthew 17:5). What a direct command: “Listen to him!” While it’s
    good to become comfortable with the image of Jesus as a friend, buddy, and
    companion, it’s also good to remember that, in the words of today’s psalm,
    “The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth” (psalm refrain; see Psalm 97:1a).
    This is the Jesus whom we worship and who brings us to our knees in awe of his presence!

    Action

    While the vision of a transfigured Jesus in all his magnificent glory is essential for our
    spiritual life, we can’t stay on the mountaintop forever — there’s too much to do down
    here on the plains. But at the same time, we can’t do good works here in the world
    without  prayerfully encountering God on a “mountaintop” of our own. Strengthened
    by our “aha moments” with Jesus, let us go out into our classrooms, ball fields, and
    homes to dazzle like the sun.

    Journaling Questions

    Have you ever had a “mountaintop” experience? That is, an experience so set apart
    and special where you encountered God? Describe it.

    Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (“For
    the greater glory of God”) is the
    motto of the Jesuits and of their
    founder, St. Ignatius Loyola.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
    Ad_maiorem_Dei_gloriam

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


  • 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.