We met at Matt’s house this Thursday for Bible study. We enjoyed pizza for dinner and then split into two groups.
We covered the following readings for Sunday, August 20th:
“Keep the Sabbath free from profanation and hold to my covenant; them I will bring to my holy mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer”
We discussed the ways in which we honor the sabbath and how difficult it is to remember to keep it sacred since our society teaches the opposite. Some of us have jobs that force us to work on Sundays. Those of us still in college sometimes work on assignments on Sundays. Some people view sports as their God, bringing their children to practices and watching Sunday football. Although many of us make a priority to attend Mass, we sometimes feel as though that was our Sunday obligation, but our duty goes far beyond that hour at Mass. It is difficult to dedicate Sunday as a day of rest and a day for God, but that is what we are called to do.
Also, while taking part in Mass, we are called to be joyful, rather than just being physically present and simply going through the motions. Are we singing the hymns? We may not realize the people around us who may be taking note of our participation. Maybe there is a young adult near us who has been dragged to church by his parent. It may be our witness of joyful prayer, song, and participation that lead that person to draw closer to God.
“For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.”
We talked about how awesome it is that despite our perpetual disobedience, God continues to offer forgiveness. What a great privilege it is that we have the sacrament of reconciliation. In chapter 18 of Matthew’s gospel, it talks about how forgiving just seven times is not enough, as we are called to forgive seventy-seven times. This sometimes sounds like a difficult task. Sometimes we think, why must I forgive this person who continues to do me wrong? I can forgive them the first time, and maybe even the second time, but now I’m fed up. But how many times does God forgive us? Does he stop at seven times? Most of us have already been forgiven more than seven times. If we are going to confession every month, that’s twelve times that God has forgiven us in the last year alone. God forgives us an infinite number of times, if we ask Him to. We are called to follow His example and do the same to those around us.
“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”
This week’s gospel focuses on the Canaanite woman’s faith in knowing that Christ could heal her daughter. Here are some of our thoughts during lectio divina this week:
By: Stephanie Quieroz