Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for Bible study at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine! Eighteen of us gathered together for food, fellowship, and Bible study. It was a pleasure seeing familiar faces & meeting a bunch of new ones.
Like all great evenings, we started the evening with pizza for dinner! We then split up into two groups for Bible study, where we covered the readings for this upcoming Palm Sunday.
“The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue…”
We discussed ways we try to maintain a well-instructed tongue when interacting with friends, family & colleagues, and how that isn’t always easy. We must remember to start our day with prayer so that God can guide us to speak the truth, and avoid profanity and gossip as much as possible.
“Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave…”
For this passage, we focused on the ways in which we humble ourselves (or fail to do so), and which crosses we have obediently accepted or defiantly denied.
It’s difficult to graciously carry our crosses. There are days when we can maintain a Christ-like view of our obstacles - by understanding that grace and strength comes from suffering. But on the other hand, there are also days when we feel that God has given us too much to carry. On these days, we may feel as though we need our own Simon of Cyrene to help ease the burden off of our shoulders, even if for just a moment. Ultimately, Jesus says “whoever wants to be my disciple must take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).
Matthew 26:14 - 27:66
“Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying…
‘save yourself, if you are the Son of God…'"
This week’s Gospel is the entire Passion, so we decided to focus on the crucifixion and death of Jesus (Matthew 27:32-56) in order to leave time for Lectio Divina. Some ideas that were shared include:
By: Stephanie Queiroz & Sway Avila