Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Readings and Themes for the Week of August 08, 2010

Readings for Faith Sharing
Week of August 08, 2010,
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I Wisdom 18: 6-9
On the long-awaited Passover night, God’s children offered the paschal sacrifice.

Psalm 33
"Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own."

Reading II Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
By faith, we join our ancestors in faith, as together in hope we journey toward our homeland.

Gospel Luke 12: 32-48
The Son of Man will come at an unexpected hour.


Do not live in fear. Live, and be ready!

Let us now be attentive to the word of God, which reminds us to nurture our faith constantly, our vision focused on the coming of the Lord. We await our inheritance of the heavenly kingdom promised to those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus.

Questions of the week
Question for Children:
Jesus tells us to always be ready to hear him.
What are some ways he speaks to us?

Question for Youth:
If Jesus were to knock on your door today and give you a report card on your life as his disciple, what grade would you get?
Where would be your areas for improvement?

Question for Adults:
On a daily basis, what are some ways to keep yourself ready for God to act?
How do you pay attention to God’s often-less-than-obvious actions?

Bulletin Bites
"For where your treasure is, there also will be your heart."

The trash we put on the curb to be discarded reveals much about who we are and what we do in life. It contains the packaging of the products that we treasure. It reveals where our heart is. What is in our trash? Is it packaging from the latest electronic games, the best type of athletic equipment, the current fashion in clothes [no matter how revealing], the appliances with the most features, containers that held gourmet foods, too many liquor bottles and beer cans, and the shredded documents of the fortune we are trying to amass? There are some people whose hearts are not revealed by their trash. They have no trash. Sadly, they have nothing to throw away. They do not have sufficient food and they have very little clothing. We would do well to remember the words of Jesus, “Much will be required of the person who has much, and still more of the person entrusted with more”. When we bring our trash to the curb we should ask, “How much treasure have I been entrusted with and what does this trash reveal about my heart?”