Sorry we're late on this post! Our last Bible study, we met again at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine this past Thursday in Freehold. We will be holding a Bible study in this location on the first Thursday of every month, so all are welcome! We will continue to begin with pizza in the kitchen at 6:30 pm, followed by Bible study from 7:15 to 9:00 pm. We split ourselves up into small groups of about five or six people per group, so we had three groups this week.
Here are some of the highlights from this week’s readings:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit.”
We discussed God’s promise to us, that through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ, we receive the gifts of the Spirit. We spoke about how we must remember not only to ask for God’s forgiveness, but to also show that same forgiveness to the people who wrong us. Through these acts, we may enjoy the gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, fortitude, counsel, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
“If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God.”
This verse centers around our patience in suffering, remembering how Christ suffered for each of us. We were intrigued to learn the etymology of the word ‘patient,’ which has Latin roots that mean “suffering” or “enduring without complaint.” So whenever we are patient, we can assume that there is some degree of pain surrounding us. This pain can be offered up to Jesus when we remember his Passion.
We also spoke about healing that is found through Christ when we confess our sins and accept the freedom that comes with forgiveness. Do we always forgive ourselves, or do we leave confession still feeling lingering shame and regret? Do we truly make our best attempt to repair that sin going forward, or do we continue repeating the same sins time and time again? Do we remove ourselves from situations that we know may tempt us or lead us to sin?
He died for us so that we may “live for righteousness.” It is through Him that we have been healed. Have we really surrendered to that message?
“I come so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
This week’s Gospel tells the story of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who is the gate through which we must enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Through Him we may be saved. Some ideas that were shared through Bible study this week include:
Thank you to all of you who were able to meet with us this week for Bible study! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Please join us at our next holy hour, which will be held on Friday, May 26th, at St. Thomas More Church in Manalapan at 7:30 pm, followed by fellowship.
By: Stephanie Queiroz