Our small-group process, called Beta, invites you and a few friends to dive in to the Sunday Gospel Reading. Join us as we discuss each week's Beta on MQOA Sunday, every Sunday at 10:00 and wherever you listen to podcasts!
"Wonderous Stories" Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a special celebration of the scriptures with readings from the children’s lectionary. These readings are brought alive for the children using methods that include drama, and an interactive style.
This reading will take you back to a thousand homilies where you and I were asked “and you… who do YOU say that Jesus is?” It’s a fair question, but not the only part of the reading worth digging into. But no matter how deep you want to go (or not), I pray you’ll have great conversations around this Sunday’s readings!
Here’s this week’s lesson. There are some tricky vocab words, so prepare your volunteer readers before you start. Tyre: like the tire on your car Sidon: pronounced SI-den Decapolis: de-CAP-o-liss Ephphapha: eff-fa-tha
This week’s Gospel is a juicy one! Lots to talk about here, as our Church faces division and our world struggles against religious extremism. I wonder what your group will find in this Gospel that addresses this tension… Is tradition nobler than progress? Or, vice-versa?
I had been delving into the Book of Acts with professor Matthews at BC’s School of Theology and Ministry when I found out that I would be interning at St. Mary, Queen of the Apostles. With Mary and the apostles at the forefront of my mind, I thought how fitting! Of course, the scene of Pentecost in the Book of Acts is one of the most thrilling in Scripture. The Holy Spirit gushes into the upper room in a violent wind and tongues of fire land on everyone’s head; it’s like reading a Marvel comic! Centuries of art, as well as Scripture (Acts 1:14), attest to Mary being at the very center of this event.
I’m heading off on a much-needed two-week break, so here is another Beta for latah! (Ha! Just came up with that… yes, yes, I need a vacation) We’re back in John for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time which is, confusingly, on the 22nd. I will be praying for your groups while I’m away, for fruitful and fun conversations. Thank you for your ministry!
This week we take a side trip from our side trip into John, to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary! We Catholics could go on and on about Mary, and I hope that your groups find her worth gushing over too. Feast days are for feasting, so I pray you’ll feast on this Good Word of God this week.