We met on July 6 week at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine for Bible study. We enjoyed pizza for dinner before splitting up for Bible study. We had a great turnout and it was such a blessing to see 22 of us taking time out of our day to pray and study the Bible.
We covered the following readings for Sunday, July 9th:
“See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he…”
We discussed the ways that we proclaim various messages to those around us. At work, although we may not always be able to preach the Gospel, we enable our colleagues to see God when they witness our small actions. A simple gesture like blessing ourselves and pausing for grace before eating a meal provides those around us with a glimpse of our faith. Wearing a crucifix ring or necklace, or a Miraculous Medal, can provoke those around us to ask questions about those items and the reason we wear them. Sometimes these conversations may turn into deeper discussions, and even if they don’t, they are causing those around us to an awareness of our faith.
“For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
This reading calls us to be aware of our actions and whether they are guided by the Spirit or the flesh, which brought up the topic of how we know when we are following the Spirit. Discernment and prayer is an important facet in the decisions that we make, which can help up to be guided by the Spirit. Confession is such an amazing blessing because when we realize that we were making decisions according to the desires of our flesh, we are able to repent, to be absolved of our sins, and to work to change our ways in the future. Our consciences can often help us to realize when we are living according to the flesh. We usually feel that tug of guilt, knowing that we are not being guided by the Spirit. Deepening our prayer life is a good solution.
“Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the little ones.”
Matthew’s gospel reminds us to be childlike in our faith. While the world tells us the message that it is those with advanced degrees and high-paying jobs who are valuable members of society, God pushes us to remember the meek, humble, and lowly. God does not care about our career status, but rather our words and actions. He often reveals Himself to children and to people who are seemingly insignificant in the eyes of modern society.
The gospel also promises that those who follow Christ will bear an easier yoke and a lighter burden. Although our quest to follow Him may not be easy, we can forget about worldly desires such as wealth, material possessions, and career advancements. Instead of following those goals, we have just one: to be united with Christ in eternal life after our time on earth is complete. We may remove the worldly stresses from our backs, with the faith that God will provide for our needs.
Thank you to everyone who joined Young Adults in Faith for Bible study. We look forward to seeing you at future holy hours and Bible studies!
By: Stephanie Queiroz