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This Week's Liturgy

The hand of the Lord

June 21st, 2015 (see other dates)

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Discussion Questions for Reading 1

In the first reading, God is reminding Job to put his trust in God. When your life seems to be upset by storms, are you able to remember that "God is in charge?" What helps you to put your trust in God?

Reading 1 Job 38:1, 8-11

Reading 1 Reflection

Do you remember Job, who a few Sundays ago was asking God why he was having so many troubles? Today's first reading is part of God's answer. God asks Job to look at the sea and its power. Who created the sea? God asks Job. Not human beings, but God.

Let us pray peacefully in the sight of the sea or a picture of it: You are great, O God, and mighty is your power. I will praise you as long as the seas last and crash on the shore.

Discussion Questions for Reading 2

Saint Paul tells us that for those who live in Christ, all is new! Think about what you want Christ to make new in you. Is it a habit you want to break, a family relationship that needs healing, a friendship that needs strengthening? Explain how you need Christ's help to be a new creation. When will you ask Christ's help?

Reading 2 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Reading 2 Reflection

In this reading Saint Paul continues to help the Corinthians to understand what their response should be to Christ, who died for us. Paul tells them—and us—that the love of Christ for us should call us to love for him. We should no longer live for ourselves, in a self-centered way, but for Jesus Christ who gave his life for us.

As Christians, we are called to return love for love. We show our love for Christ by loving one another.

Discussion Questions for Gospel

Let us imagine that Jesus asks us, as he asked the disciples, "Why are you lacking in faith?" How will we answer? What is Jesus trying to show us in this event?

No matter what happens in life, we can turn to Jesus who helps us and brings us peace. How will you bring his peace to others?

Gospel Mark 4:35-41

Gospel Reflection

Put yourself in this scene. You are in a small sailboat with the apostles. A great storm comes up and the waves crash against the boat. Jesus, who must be very tired, stays asleep. The apostles, afraid of drowning, wake Jesus up. "Be still," he tells the storm at sea, and at once there is a great calm. His disciples' mood switches from terror to awe at this sign, which recalls so vividly the words of God in the first reading.

Proclaiming Faith Activities for Primary Grades

A Night at Sea

Help the children make wave streamers. Give each child a Popsicle stick and a three-foot strip of blue crepe paper streamer. Have them attach the streamer to the Popsicle stick using tape or glue. Then read the Gospel from Mark (Mark 4:35-41). Have the children wave their streamers to represent the waves during the storm.

Faith, Not Fear

Talk with the children about how the disciples must have felt when Jesus fell asleep and the storm came and the seas got rough. Explain that Jesus told them not to be afraid, but to have faith in him. Ask the children if they have ever been afraid. Have them draw or write about this experience. 
Cover a shoebox with white paper. On the lid, write "Jesus, we place our faith in you." Then have the children place their drawings or writings in this box and place it on the prayer table. Gather the children around the prayer table and say the following prayer.

Jesus, when we are afraid, help us to remember to place our faith in you. Amen.

Proclaiming Faith Activities

Judging With the Eyes of Faith

In the second reading, we learn that Jesus wants us to look at others and at the whole world with the eyes of faith. When you watch TV, for example, you are bombarded by ads and commercials. Is everything presented in the ads good for you or for others? How can you tell? As you watch TV in the next few days or listen to the radio, choose one or two commercials that you see or hear. Then explain why you think the product is good or not good for you and others.

The Storm at Sea

Create a dramatization of the Gospel story. Share it with your class or your family. Plan the narration for each of the following parts.

Narrator (sets the scene):

Jesus (speaking to the disciples):


Disciples (waking Jesus):

Jesus (speaking with great strength to the wind and waves):


Jesus (speaking quietly to the disciples):

Disciples (in great awe):

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