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.

Using Your Gifts

11-19-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 (ideal wife)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (the need for preparation)
  • Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30 (parable of the silver pieces)
  • Key Passage: The servant said, "Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents." His master said to him, "Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy." (Matthew 25:20b–21)
  • Adult: What gift have you not developed as you had hoped? What could you still do?
  • Child: What gift has God given you? What do you want to do with it?

Actions and Consequences

11-12-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Wisdom 6:12-16 (the availability of wisdom to those who seek)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (resurrection of the dead)
  • Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 (parable of the ten virgins)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour" (Matthew 25:13).
  • Adult: We meet Christ sometimes when we least expect it. How can you be ready to see him in all the ways he is present?
  • Child: What are some surprising ways in which you meet Christ in your daily life?

Sincerity of the Heart

11-05-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8–10 (punishment for imperfect sacrifices)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13 (Paul's sincerity)
  • Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12 (hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "Therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach." (Matthew 23:3)
  • Adult: Is there an area of your life in which you sometimes feel like a hypocrite?
  • Child: Why is it important for you to live according to how you believe?

Love of Neighbor

10-29-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Exodus 22:20-26 (social laws)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 (a model for believers)
  • Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40 (the greatest commandment)
  • Key Passage: [Jesus] said to him " 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37–39)
  • Adult: In a practical sense, what is one thing that would change in your life if you loved your neighbor as yourself?
  • Child: Why is it hard sometimes to love your neighbor?

Social Responsibility

10-22-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 (rewards to Cyrus, king of Persia)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 (a model for believers)
  • Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21 (paying tax to the emperor)
  • Key Passage: At that [Jesus] said to them "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:21)
  • Adult: How much responsibility do you feel the government should take for meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our society? How willing are you to contribute?
  • Child: Who needs help in your neighborhood or community? What could you and your family do to help?

Living Our Faith

10-15-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 25:6-10 (a feast for all peoples)
  • Reading II: Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 (generosity)
  • Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 (the wedding banquet)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "Many are invited, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:14)
  • Adult: How do you translate your faith into the work of the Reign of God?
  • Child: What three things can you do this week to show that you are a follower of Jesus?

Dealing with Injustice

10-08-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I:Isaiah 5:1-7 (the vineyard song)
  • Reading II: Philippians 4:6-9 (joy and peace in Christ)
  • Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43 (parable of the tenants)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit." (Matthew 21:43)
  • Adult: How have you used your talents and abilities well for the Reign of God?
  • Child: What can you do in your week to help the love of God grow in the world?

The Challenge to Forgive

10-01-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I:Ezekiel 18:25-28 (personal responsibility)
  • Reading II:Philippians 2:1-11 (imitating the humility of Christ)
  • Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32 (parable of the two sons)
  • Key Passage: A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, "Son, go and work in the vineyard today." He answered, "I will not"; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, "I go, sir"; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said, "The first." (Matthew 21:28–31)
  • Adult: When have your actions not measured up to your promises? What was the outcome?
  • Child: Why is it important to follow through on your promises to others?

God's Generosity

09-24-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I:Isaiah 55:6-9 (seeking the Lord)
  • Reading II: Philippians 1:20-24, 27 (spreading the gospel)
  • Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 (the laborers in the vineyard)
  • Key Passage: [The landowner] said "Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?" (Matthew 20:14–15)
  • Adult: What lessons do you draw from today's Gospel? How has God been generous to you in this way?
  • Child: Who is generous to you, even when you do not always deserve it?

Helping Others Grow

09-10-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Ezekiel 33:7-9 (the Prophet a watchman)
  • Reading II: Romans 13:8-10 (love fulfills the Law)
  • Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20 (fraternal correction)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said, "If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone." (Matthew 18:15)
  • Adult: How have you been able to follow Christ more closely because others patiently loved you?
  • Child: How can you help another person do the right thing?

Come, follow me

09-03-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Jeremiah 20:7-9 (Jeremiah's interior crisis)
  • Reading II:Romans 12:1-2 (sacrifice of body and mind)
  • Gospel:Matthew 16:21-27 (first prophecy of passion and resurrection; doctrine of the cross)
  • Key Passage: Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." (Matthew 16:24)
  • Adult: In what concrete ways do you take up your cross and follow Jesus?
  • Child: When has it been difficult to be a follower of Jesus?