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This Week's Liturgy


January 18th, 2015 (see other dates)

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Discussion Questions for Reading 1

Can you hear God’s voice today? How will you answer?

Reading 1 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19

Reading 1 Reflection

Samuel was a young boy who grew up in the Temple. His teacher was Eli. God loved Samuel very much. In this story, God calls to Samuel in his sleep. Because Samuel is not used to hearing God’s voice, he runs to Eli, thinking his teacher has called him. When this happens a third time, Eli tells Samuel to answer God by saying, "Speak, for your servant is listening." For the rest of his life Samuel listened to God. He became a great prophet among his people. God speaks to us in many ways, especially in the sacraments and through God’s word in the Bible. Sometimes God speaks to us in the beauty of nature. Often he speaks to us in the events of our lives. Most of all, God comes to us in the love and in the needs of other people.

Discussion Questions for Reading 2

How do you care for your body? How can you respect your body as a temple of the Holy Spirit?

Reading 2 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20

Reading 2 Reflection

The Greek city of Corinth was a bustling seaport that was notorious in ancient times for immorality. The new Christian community there found itself surrounded on all sides by examples of all kinds of sin of body and mind. Paul reminds his readers that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us.

There are temptations in our world, just as there were in Corinth. But when we respect our bodies and use them as God teaches us, we are fully alive and free from vices that can make us slaves. Drugs, drunkenness, sexual sins—these have no place in the lives of children of God.

Discussion Questions for Gospel

When Jesus enters our lives with the gentle call of his grace, how will we reply? Will we be busy with other things, afraid he will ask too much of us? Or will we trust him? Will we be open to his call and a new beginning in our lives?

Gospel John 1:35-42

Gospel Reflection

The reading tells us about the call of the first disciples. Followers of John the Baptist responded to the gentle invitation of Jesus; they came and stayed the whole day with him. Then these disciples called their friends to join them. One of them was Simon. Jesus told him that he would be called Peter, or Cephas, a Greek word for “rock.” One day the Church would be built on the rocklike faith of Peter.

Proclaiming Faith Activities for Primary Grades

Speak, Lord, We’re Listening

In the first reading, Samuel listens when the Lord calls him.

We, too, have to listen carefully to what the Lord says to us. Have the students practice listening carefully with the following activity. Have the children sit in a circle. Begin by whispering a short phrase into the ear of one child. Have this child whisper what he/she has heard to the next child in the circle. Continue in this manner until the phrase gets back to the first child. Have that child say what the phrase was. Some examples of phrases to whisper include, "you are special," "you are loved," or "I am with you always."

Come and Follow

In the gospel, Andrew and Simon Peter followed Jesus. Play "follow the leader" with the children. As the children walk behind you, following you, sing this song to the tune of Frere Jacques:

Come and follow, come and follow,

Me today. Me today.

Follow me where I go, follow me where I go.

One and all. One and all.

Proclaiming Faith Activities

Spending a Day with Jesus

Imagine that you are Andrew (or Andrea), one of the disciples who followed Jesus. You have spent the whole day with Jesus and have introduced your brother Peter to him.

On the top half of a diary page, describe what your day was like. What were your impressions of Jesus? Tell what you felt as you listened to him speak.

Then return to yourself in the present. Take a moment to share with Jesus something that is on your mind right now—a joy, a sorrow, a hope, a prayer. Then, on the bottom half of the page, write a short note or prayer to Jesus about your concern.

Answering God’s Call

Samuel heard God’s voice calling to him in the Temple. God calls to us, too, throughout our lifetimes. God asks us to lead lives worthy of those who care called to be temples of God. Read the situations below and tell how you think God would call you to respond in each situation. Ask a family member to evaluate your responses and to score each answer from 1 to 25. Then write a prayer asking God to give you courage to always respond in a way that would please God in situations like these or similar ones.

Some of my neighbors are making fun of a handicapped person!

God calls me to . . . .

I see a newcomer in school who seems to have no friends.

God calls me to . . . .

A fellow student asks to copy my test answers.

God calls me to . . . .

My brother or sister wants to watch a TV show I don’t like and there is no other TV available.

God calls me to . . . .

A Prayer for Courage
Why is prayer important in making decisions? Write your own prayer for courage.

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