Thanks to the beautiful weather that we had last week, we had an awesome beach Bible study in Belmar on Thursday evening! We had subs, veggies, and chips for dinner. Then we grabbed our sweatshirts, beach chairs and headed down to the beach. We split into two groups and reflected on the readings.
“Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.”
We discussed the ways that we can provide healing to those around us. Sometimes a simple touch or hug can make more of an impact than we realize. The same is often true when we lend a listening ear to a friend or family member. We can also help people to find healing by bringing them closer to God through our witness to Christ. Depending on the person we are speaking to, that may mean discussing the Word with them or bringing them to Mass, Bible study, or adoration. But for others, our witness may come more in the way we carry ourselves and the way we live out our everyday lives.
“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence…”
We talked about whether it would be beneficial to have a planned answer to provide to someone who asks us about the reason behind our hope. Most of us agreed that it would depend on the context of the situation. However, it could be beneficial to reflect on that question in prayer so that the Lord may help us to find the correct words to respond to anyone who asks us so that we can give the best answer. We also must remember that in discussing the reason for our hope, we are called to do it “with gentleness and reverence” because sometimes it is easy to sound judgmental if we speak to nonbelievers with a holier-than-thou attitude. Our humility is key.
We also discussed how “it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.” Sometimes our acclamations of hope in Christ may be ridiculed, but we must not let that stop us in proclaiming His name. In this week’s commentary, a question was posed: “If you were arrested today for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” That’s a powerful question to mediate on.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
This week’s Gospel focuses on showing our love for God by keeping His commandments, and how He will bless us in return. Some of the topics discussed during Bible study include:
This week we will be having our holy hour at St. Thomas More Church (186 Gordons Corner Rd., Manalapan Township, NJ 07726) on Friday, May 26th at 7:30pm. Fellowship in Petri Hall with some refreshments will follow. This event is hosted by Young Adults in Faith in collaboration with BREAK Ministry. We hope to see you on Friday! Have a blessed week.
By: Stephanie Queiroz