The Son of Man
November 18th, 2012 (see other dates)
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary
Discussion Questions for Reading 1This reading proclaims that the wise and "those who lead the many to justice" will receive a reward. What is that reward? Can you name anyone you know whom you consider to be wise? Who do you know that is just? Can you name anyone who "leads the many to justice"? How can you become more like them?
The writer compares these people to the stars in the sky. Why do you think good and just people are like stars? (Hint: one reason might be that stars "point us in the right direction." Can you explain this?)
Reading 1 Daniel 12:1-3
Reading 1 ReflectionIn this reading we hear from a very special and different book of the Old Testament. The Book of Daniel is filled with special images of what the future will be like. This passage gives the first hint in the BibIe of the resurrection from the dead. It is not a description of what will happen; it is only a vision, like a work of poetry. The writer speaks about Michael, the archangel of God, who will lead the just and those who work for justice into the everlasting life of heaven. Heaven is our future, where we will be with God forever. There every tear will be gone; we will have fullness of life forever with God and all those whom we love.
Discussion Questions for Reading 2Note: You may want to use the following questions as a reflection on the reading by asking the group to respond in writing.
Take a moment to think back on the past year. How have you grown? What do you look forward to in the future? Ask God today to guide you. God is our hope.
Reading 2 Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Reading 2 ReflectionIn this reading we reflect on the meaning of our future with God. Jesus has given us eternal salvation. Now he sits forever at God's right hand.
Discussion Questions for GospelOne day, Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher and philosopher, and his Dominican brothers were gathered for their hour of recreation. They were all talking, laughing, and enjoying one another's company before going back to their work, prayer, and study. Someone asked Saint Thomas, "If the world were to end in fifteen minutes, what would you do?" He replied, "I would continue doing exactly what I am doing right now."
Why do you think Saint Thomas said this? How can you be ready for Jesus to come again?
Gospel Mark 13: 24-32
Gospel ReflectionIn this reading we look forward to the day of Jesus' second coming. We do not know the day or the hour of his coming; only God knows. Meanwhile, as Jesus has repeatedly taught us, we must watch and wait for him in faith, hope, and love. In the hour we least expect him, he warns, he will come.
Let us pray in today's liturgy for ourselves and for the whole Church, that the Lord may find us ready when he returns. May we not be doing foolish things or be living in fear, but be awaiting the kingdom with hope as we strive to do God's will.
Proclaiming Faith Activities for Primary Grades
Doorway to HeavenFrom construction paper, cut out the symbols of faith, hope, and love. Let each child place a fingerprint inside each symbol. Put these symbols on the door of the classroom. Explain to the children that each time they leave the room, they will see these symbols as reminders that we are to live our lives practicing faith, hope, and love.
Are You Ready?Lead the children in a discussion about readiness. Ask the following questions:
How do you get ready for school?
How do you get ready for a birthday party?
What will you do to get ready to meet Jesus at the end of time?
How should you live your life?
Proclaiming Faith Activities
Leading Others to JusticeIn the first reading we are told that "those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever." What do you think it means to lead others to justice?
Name one way you will treat others justly this week. On a separate piece of paper, draw three large stars. In two of the stars, write the names of people that have led or are leading others to justice.
(Note: A few examples are Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, etc.)
In the third star, draw a picture of yourself leading others to justice. Beneath that star, write how you are doing this or what you intend to do in the future.
Growth and Change!Note: Share with the group how important this year has been for you.
Very soon we will complete our Church, or liturgical, year. It has gone by quickly, hasn't it? Take a moment to think of all you have learned and how you have grown in knowing and loving God. Think of all the beautiful readings you have heard and prayed about from the Bible.
During this season of autumn, or fall, remember to thank God for the wonderful changes in your life and for growing in God's love. Write down some ways that you have grown in faith this year.
Name one way you will try to grow even more in your faith in the new liturgical year ahead.
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