May 22nd, 2016, The Most Holy Trinity
Discussion Questions for Reading 1Look at the last five lines of this reading, or listen to them read again. As you do, think of Jesus. What images of Jesus come to you as you think of him as a craftsman, as "playing upon the earth," and as delighting to be with us? How can you picture yourself as a companion of Jesus, the Wisdom of God? How could you begin to become such a companion and friend?
Reading 1 Proverbs 8:22-31
Reading 1 ReflectionIn this reading from Proverbs, God's Wisdom is pictured as a separate being who was with God at the creation. Wisdom works with God as a "craftsman" and "plays" with God's people on earth. For the Israelites, Wisdom was first a quality of God. Then they came to see wisdom as God's companion. Centuries later, Christians, looking back at the Old Testament for signs of Jesus, saw him as the Wisdom of God. This is part of the gradual and sometimes mysterious way that God is revealed to us.
Discussion Questions for Reading 2Can you find all three persons of the Blessed Trinity in this reading? (Note: The reference to "God" is taken to mean "God the Father.") What is your attitude toward "affliction" or hard times? How do you keep hope alive when you are experiencing hard times? How do you help your friends to have hope when they go through hard times?
An old gospel song goes, "One day at a time, Lord Jesus, that's all I'm asking of you." How can focus on today help keep up your hope for tomorrow? Other favorite sayings for hard times are: "God will provide," and "The Lord will make a way where there is no way" and "There's always a ram in the bush." (This last refers to Abraham finding a ram when he needed one. See Genesis 22:13.) What scripture verses, sayings, or prayers help you keep going in hard times? You might like to share ideas and make a list to have at hand in time of need!
It is especially important for young people and teenagers to get help in hard times. When adults are surveyed with the question, "What was the hardest time in your life?" many reply, "When I was in junior high," or "When I was in high school." Hard times do not last forever, but we often need help to get through them. Where would you seek help in hard times?