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June 3 — John 16:12-15: JESUS PROMISES THE SPIRIT. When did you feel the love of God’s Spirit this week? Why do you think Jesus described the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of truth? Do we bring the spirit of truth to our world? How? What’s your favorite name for God? Why?
June 10 — Luke 9:11b-17: JESUS FEEDS THE FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE. If Jesus appeared at our parish after we prayed for the poor and hungry, what would He say? What are some ways we can say thank you for the Eucharist? Do we pray every time we eat meals? Have you ever felt, ‘I don’t have anything to give’?
June 17 — Luke 7:36-38: JESUS IS ANOINTED BY A WOMAN. Is there someone in your life who believed in you, even before you did? How did this affect your life? How do you know God believes in you? When do you feel/experience it? Is there someone who is hard to forgive? What would it take to make it happen?
June 24 — Luke 1:57-66,80: JOHN THE BAPTIST IS BORN. How often do we thank God for the miracles in our lives? What have they been? What practices/habits can we do each day to become even “stronger in the Spirit?” Do you think God’s hand is with certain people today? When do you feel God’s hand with you?
July 1 — Luke 9:51-62: REQUIREMENTS TO BE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS. What can you do this week to follow Jesus? Are there times it is difficult to be a Christian? What can we do to help each other that will make it easier? Where is Jesus on our family’s to-do list? Where would we like him to be? Luke saw Jesus as a prophet. Can we be prophets? How? When?
July 8 — Luke 10:1-12,17-20: JESUS SENDS THE 72 DISCIPLES. Jesus sent the disciples out together, not alone. We live in a family, not alone. How does our family help us to know and love God? The disciples were on a journey. What are some things that have happened on your journey with God? The first word that Jesus wants his followers to share with others is peace. How can we share peace this week? What could we get involved in with our parish these coming months?
July 15 — Luke 10:25-37: THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN. If we treated everyone this week as our closest friend and neighbor, whose life would be most changed and different? Who would be most surprised? What is it that we could do for them? How did you/we act as a good Samaritan this past week? Is there someone you have trouble treating as a neighbor?
July 22 — Luke 10:38-42: JESUS VISITS MARTHA AND MARY. When are you like Mary? When are you like Martha? If Jesus came to our house, which would you be? What can we do to make time — alone, and as a family — to listen to God? This week be sure all of us work together at sharing all the household jobs. This Gospel is about hospitality. Is our home hospitable? To each of us? To guests?
July 29 — Luke 11:1-13: JESUS TEACHES US ABOUT PRAYER. What part of the Our Father is your favorite? In the Our Father, we pray that God’s kingdom will come. What would God’s kingdom look like? What can we do at home to make that begin to happen? Write a family prayer to God, asking for those things our family needs God’s helps with.
Aug. 5 — Luke 12:13-21: A PARABLE ABOUT GREED. Do we have a tendency to stockpile things? How can we live more simply? What are two things we could give away to a charity? How can we use our “treasure” — the things we have — for others? What are we doing (or could do) to care for and respect the Earth? What are things that might be considered riches in God’s eyes?
Aug. 12 — Luke 12:35-40: JESUS REMINDS US TO BE ALWAYS READY. If Jesus were coming to our home tomorrow, what would we do today? Why aren’t we doing it today? (Isn’t Jesus really with us?)
Aug. 19 — Luke 12:49-53: JESUS’ CALL CHALLENGES US. Jesus wants to set the world on fire with God’s love. What would that world look like? Sound like? Do we know of prophets who teach us today about God’s love? Prophets who live like Jesus? How can we light up the world with God’s love this week?
Aug. 26 — Luke 13:22-30: ENTERING THE KINGDOM. Jesus tells us that people from all over the world will be part of God’s kingdom. Where are your grandparents and ancestors from? Place a world map on your refrigerator (or a globe near your dinner table). Pray for people all over the world, for we all belong to God, all to one family.
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