St. Francis of Assisi Weekly Reflections

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.

Sharing Good News

01-28-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 - A prophet like Moses
  • Reading II: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 - The state of virginity
  • Gospel: Mark 1:21-28 - Cure of a demoniac
  • Key Passage: They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)
  • Adults: What can you tell others about Jesus with the most assurance?
  • Kids: What is the most important thing you would like others to know about Jesus? How will you show or tell them?

Repent and Believe

01-21-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 - Conversion of Nineveh
  • Reading II: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 - Encouragement within a hostile world
  • Gospel: Mark 1:14-20 - Call of the first disciples
  • Key Passage: Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The
    time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." (Mark 1:14–15)
  • Adults: What part of your life is Jesus calling you to change right now?
  • Kids: In what way do you think you can be a better follower of Jesus?

Come and See

01-14-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 - Revelation to Samuel
  • Reading II: 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20 - Against sexual immorality
  • Gospel: John 1:35-42 - The first disciples
  • Key Passage: They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. (John1:38b–39)
  • Adults: What qualities do you have that would cause others to recognize you as a disciple of Jesus?
  • Kids: What does it take to be a follower of Jesus?

Overcoming Jealousy

01-07-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 60:1-6 - Glory of the new Zion
  • Reading II: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 - Commission to preach God's plan
  • Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 - The visit of the magi
  • Key Passage: Then Herod sent the [magi] to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage" (Matthew 2:8)
  • Adults: When have you been jealous or fearful of another person? When are such feelings harmful?
  • Children: When have you been jealous because something good happened to another person instead of you? What is the problem with feeling that way?

Trust in God

12-31-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3 (God's promise of family for Abraham)
  • Reading II: Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 (Abraham's reward for his trust in God)
  • Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 (Simeon's proclamation of God's promise of salvation)
  • Key Passage: The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. (Luke 2:40)
  • Adults: Are you obedient to God's will for you?
  • Children: In what ways are you obedient to your parents?

Acceptance of God's Will

12-24-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 (The Lord's promises to David)
  • Reading II: Romans 16:25-27 (Doxology)
  • Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 (The annunciation of the Lord)
  • Key Passage: Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)
  • Adults: What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone joy?
  • Children: Is there something hard you need to do this week? What might make it easier?

Bringing Joy through Justice

12-17-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 (The mission to the afflicted)
  • Reading II: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (Christian conduct; blessing)
  • Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 (John as witness to the light)
  • Key Passage: The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
  • Adults: What work of justice could you do this week to bring someone joy?


12-10-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 (Promise of salvation)
  • Reading II: 2 Peter 3:8-14 (Christ will come in judgment)
  • Gospel: Mark 1:1-8 (John the Baptist)
  • Key Passage: The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
  • Adults: With whom could you be more patient this week, as God has been patient with you?
  • Kids: With whom can you be more patient?

God's Faithfulness

12-03-2017Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 (Prayer for the return of God's favor)
  • Reading II: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (Thanksgiving)
  • Gospel: Mark 13:33-37 - (Need for watchfulness)
  • Key Passage: God is faithful; and by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9)
  • Adults: How do you know when you're following Christ and living his teachings faithfully?
  • Kids: What good thing might God be asking you to do right now?

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?