Question of the Week

Based on each Sunday’s Scripture readings, your “Question of the Week” offers opportunities for deeper reflection and faith-sharing. Make the “Question of the Week” your starting point in for small group faith-sharing, family prayer time, and daily reflection.

Basado en las lecturas de la Escritura de cada domingo, su “Pregunta de la Semana” ofrece oportunidades de reflexión más profunda y compartimiento de la fe. Haga la “Pregunta de la Semana” su punto de partida en para el compartimiento de la fe del grupo pequeño, tiempo del rezo de la familia y reflexión diaria.


Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Commitment

07-30-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 (wisdom of Solomon)
  • Reading II: Romans 8:28-30 (God's love for all)
  • Gospel: Matthew 13:44-46 (the treasure and the pearl)
  • Key Passage: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure
    hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his
    joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
    (Matthew 13:44)
  • Adult: What would you be willing to "sell," or do without, in order to achieve your dreams for yourself or your family?
  • Child: What good thing do you want so much that you would give up something else to get it?
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Overcoming weakness

07-23-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 (on God’s mercy)
  • Reading II Romans 8:26-27 (the intercession of the Spirit)
  • Gospel Matthew 13:24-30 (the parable of the weeds)
  • Key Passage Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)

Adult: What weakness can the power of the Spirit help you overcome?

Child: When will you need the help of the Holy Spirit this week?

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:Seeds of faith

07-16-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I Isaiah 55:10-11 (triumph of God’s word)
  • Reading II Romans 8:18-23 (destiny of glory)
  • Gospel Matthew 13:1-23 (parable of the seed)
  • Key Passage Jesus said, “Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:7–8)
  • Adult: How do you provide “good soil” for the faith of others to grow?
  • Child: What are you doing to help the seeds of your faith grow each day?
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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Laying down your burdens

07-09-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: 2 Kings 4:8–11, 14–16 (Elisha and the Shunammite woman)
  • Reading II: Romans 8:9, 11-13 (indwelling of the Spirit)
  • Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 (Jesus and his Father)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28–29)
  • Adult: When has Jesus refreshed you when you felt burdened by problems?
  • Child: What burden do you need Jesus to help you carry?
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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Showing Christ to others

07-02-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: 2 Kings 4:8–11, 14–16 (Elisha and the Shunammite woman)
  • Reading II: Romans 6:3–4, 8–11 (death to sin, life in God)
  • Gospel: Matthew 10:37–42 (conditions and rewards of discipleship)
  • Key Passage: Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39)
  • Adult: When have you felt more fully alive by giving of yourself to another?
  • Child: When have you been able to put what someone else needs ahead of what you want for yourself?
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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The reassurance of faith

06-25-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Jeremiah 20:10–13 (Jeremiah's faith in crisis)
  • Reading II: Romans 5:12–15 (mankind's sin through Adam)
  • Gospel: Matthew 10:26–33 (reassurance to the Twelve)
  • Key Passage: Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. (Matthew 10:28a)
  • Adult: When has your faith in Jesus been most seriously tested?
  • Child: What could you do to encourage someone who is feeling hurt?
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Body and Blood of Christ: Bread for others

06-18-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16 (God's care)
  • Reading II: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 (the Eucharist vs. pagan sacrifices)
  • Gospel: John 6:51-58 (the living bread)
  • Key Passage: I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. (John 6:51)
  • Adult: What does it mean for you right now to be bread for others as Jesus was?
  • Child: In what ways can Jesus' presence in the Eucharist help you do good things for others?
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Trinity Sunday: A God of love

06-11-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9 (renewal of the tablets)
  • Reading II: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 (farewell)
  • Gospel: John 3:16-18 (belief in the Son sent by the Father)
  • Key Passage: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)
  • Adult: We live within the Trinity whenever we live in love. How does this mystery connect to your daily life?
  • Child: How do you choose to live as a more loving person?
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Pentecost: Sent to serve

06-04-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Acts 2:1-11 (descent of the Holy Spirit)
  • Reading II: 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 (many gifts, one Spirit, and the analogy of the body)
  • Gospel: John 20:19-23 (appearance to the disciples)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 20:21–22)
  • Adult: What important work does Jesus ask of you at this time in your life?
  • Child: How would Jesus want you to treat your friends and family this week?
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Ascension

05-28-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Acts 1:1–11 (Jesus' final instructions and ascension)
  • Reading II: Ephesians 1:17–23 (exaltation of Christ)
  • Gospel: Matthew 28:16–20 (I am with you always)
  • Key Passage: "You will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will witness...to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
  • Adult: Jesus promises to be with us always. How do you experience his presence most?
  • Child: What good news about Jesus could you share with your friends?
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Sixth Sunday of Easter:The strength of faith

05-21-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 (Philip in Samaria)
  • Reading II: 1 Peter 3:15-18 (on Christian suffering)
  • Gospel: John 14:15-21 (promise of the Paraclete)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever." (John 14:16)
  • Adult: The Spirit gives us inner wisdom and strength. When have you experienced this?
  • Child: The Holy Spirit makes you strong inside. When do you need to be strong?
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Fifth Sunday of Easter: Jesus, the Way

05-14-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Acts 6:1-7 (the need of assistants)
  • Reading II: 1 Peter 2:4-9 (living stones)
  • Gospel: John 14:1-12 (last discourse: the way, the truth, and the life)
  • Key Passage: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
  • Adult: In a challenge you face right now, what will it mean to live the way of Jesus Christ?
  • Child: Name some ways you can be more like Jesus when you are playing with your friends or family.
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Fourth Sunday of Easter: Called to be shepherds

05-07-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Acts 2:14, 36-41 (Peter's discourse)
  • Reading II: 1 Peter 2:20-25 (for the slave)
  • Gospel: John 10:1-10 (the Good Shepherd)
  • Key Passage: [The shepherd] goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. (John 10:4)
  • Adult: How are you a shepherd to those in your care?
  • Child: What will you do this week to show you love those around you?
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