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.

Love and Betrayal

03-25-2018Question of the Week
  • GOSPEL: Mark 11:1-10 (Welcomed with palms)
  • Reading I: Isaiah 50:4-7 (Salvation only through the Lord's servant)
  • Reading II: Philippians 2:6-11 (Jesus, compassionate high priest)
  • Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47 (The passion of Jesus)
  • Key Passage: The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times." (Luke 22:61)

Adult: When have you felt that you betrayed the confidence of another, as Peter did when he denied Jesus?

Child: When have you let someone down who trusted you? How did you feel?


Life Everlasting

03-18-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Ezekiel 37:12-14 (prophecy of restoration)
  • Reading II: Romans 8:8-11 (the flesh and the Spirit)
  • Gospel: John 11:1-45 (the raising of Lazarus)
  • Key Passage: Jesus said to Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25–26)

Adult: Christ calls us from death to new life. To what new life are you being called during this Lent?

Child: How does Jesus help you do what is good and avoid what is not?


Source of Light

03-11-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a (Samuel anoints David)
  • Reading II: Ephesians 5:8-14 (duty to live in the light)
  • Gospel: John 9:1-41 (the man born blind)
  • Key Passage: For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as Children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. (Ephesians 5:8–9)

Adult: What are you doing in your life right now to move toward light rather than darkness?

Child: How can you let the light of your faith in Jesus shine for others to see?


Source of Strength

03-04-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Exodus 17:3-7 - Water from the rock
  • Reading II: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 - Faith, Hope and Love
  • Gospel: John 4:5-42 - The Samaritan woman at the well
  • Key Passage: Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life." (John 4:13–14)

Adult: Where have you found a source of "living water" for your own journey of faith?

Child: Name some times when your belief in Jesus helped make you stronger.


The Assurance of Faith

02-25-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 - The testing of Abraham
  • Reading II: Romans 8:31b-34 - God's love for humanity
  • Gospel: Mark 9:2-10 - Jesus transfigured
  • Key Passage: Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (Mark 9:5)

Adults: How deeply do you believe that since God is for you, no one can destroy you?

Kids: What would you like to ask God to do for you and your family?


A Change of Hearts

02-18-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Genesis 9:8-15 - Covenant with Noah
  • Reading II: 1 Peter 3:18-22 - The purpose of Christ's suffering
  • Gospel: Mark 1:12-15 - Jesus' temptation; the call to conversion
  • Key Passage: For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18)

Adults: When or how could you step away from your daily responsibilities to renew yourself, so that you can do a better job of following in the footsteps of Jesus?

Kids: What good habit could you work on during Lent so you could grow closer to God?


Models of Christ

02-11-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46 - On leprosy
  • Reading II: 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 - Imitation of Christ
  • Gospel: Mark 1:40-45 - Healing of a leper
  • Key Passage: Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
  • Adults: Would you have the courage to tell others to do as you do in order to be a Christian? Why or why not?
  • Kids: What can you do this week to be an example to others?

Comfort for the Sorrowful

02-04-2018Question of the Week
  • Reading I: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 - Job's first reply
  • Reading II: 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 - Paul's recompense
  • Gospel: Mark 1:29-39 - Cure of Peter's mother-in-law and other miracles
  • Key Passage: That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. (Mark 1:32–34a)
  • Adults: When have you felt the sadness of Job? When have you felt the joy of those who witnessed the healing works of Jesus?
  • Kids: What is the most important thing you would like others to know about Jesus? How will you show or tell them?

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?