In closing I only have 2 questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
 
What’s got you bound?        
 
If I truly believe that Jesus is who he says he is why am I still                    ?   (you fill in the blank)

 

In closing I would like to offer you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
            Where in the Gospel reading do you find yourself?
 
            What are some signs of blindness in our world?
 
            What are some of the obstacles that continue to blind you?
 
             How can you better listen to God speak in your life?

I would like to offer you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
 
In my Christian walk how am I like the Woman at the Well?
 
In my Christian walk how am I different than the Woman at the Well?
 
Is there a Samaritan in my life that needs to see Jesus in me?
 
What ROCKS need to be lifted from my life to help me build up the Kingdom?
 
What is one concrete way I will commit myself to moving into a deeper relationship with Jesus this week?

I would like to offer you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
 
What struggle, in your relationship with Jesus, seems to keep you WEIGHED DOWN  and will not allow you to be transfigured?
 
What did you do with the rock you were given at last week’s Liturgy?
 
Did you name the rock that you were given? Did that help?
 
How do you see this Lent being different than other Lents in the past?

 

In closing I would like to offer you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
 
Do these 2 themes really jump out at you or is there another one that speaks strongly to you in this Gospel?
 
What do you find most difficult about reading the bible?
 
What steps do you need to take to put into practice: No Bible no breakfast; No Bible no bed?

I would like to offer you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
 
            What keeps you from seeking God first in your life so that everything else will be given to you?
 
            What small steps do you need to take in order to put God first so that everything else will be given to you?
 
            Lastly I would like to offer a challenge. Who do you know that would benefit from being a part of your Small Group? Got someone in mind? Good, invite them to come with you the next time you meet.

 

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you if there is an area in your life that is infected with the disease of Minimalism?
                        If so, what changes do you need to try and make to be cured of this disease?
           
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any ways that you are being affected by the disease of Minimalism?
If so, what steps do you need to take to encourage that person or persons to give a little more?
           
What baby steps do you need to take to strive to ‘be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect’?

 

 I would like to offer you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…

            Is there someone in your life who has hurt you deeply that you need to forgive?
            Is there a person or persons that you have hurt that you need to offer an apology?
            Do you believe that you have forgiven that person or persons?
            If not, what do you need to do to start the process of forgiveness?
            If you haven’t forgotten it does it mean that you haven’t forgiven it?

 

 

I would like to offer you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
·        What does being the ‘salt of the earth and the light of the world mean to you?
 
·        When is it appropriate to be transparent with others about your faith?
·        When is it not appropriate?
·        Should we be proactive, or let others take the initiative?
·        Why are people in the workplace expected to leave their faith at the door, rather than integrate Christian beliefs into everyday decisions and relationships?

 I want you not to just listen to the definitions but to really study each of these definitions of the Beatitudes.
As you study them I want you to be thinking about how you would answer the following two questions.
First, which of these Beatitudes best describes my Christian walk?
Second, which of these Beatitudes do I need God’s help and guidance to help improve my Christian walk?

 

1.      Take a minute and look back over the years at your faith life.
a.       Are you where you would like for it to be?
b.      Are you where you think it should be?
c.      Are you where you used to be?
d.      Have you gained or lost ground?
 
2.      Do you believe faith like the saints portrayed is attainable for you?
 
3.      Is there something in the future that I can do different to obtain that kind of faith and trust in God?
a.       Make a list
Share the ones you are comfortable with.

 

In closing I would like to offer you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
1.      Would my family or my coworkers call me a disciple of Jesus?
 
2.      Is my life making any difference in anyone’s life?
a.       If yes who?
 
3.      What changes do I need to make in my life to take the next step in disciplining others?
 
4.      For me, what do I find most difficult about trying to make disciples?
 
5.      What steps do I need to take to overcome these difficulties?

 Reflection Questions
1.      Have I searched as diligently for Jesus in my life as I have searched for my ‘lost stuff’?
 
2.      How much joy do others see in me in my everyday living?
 
3.      I am too busy judging the guy standing on the street corner asking for help for his family instead of trying to see Jesus in him?
 
4.      What gifts do I bring to pay homage to Jesus?
 
5.      Is there going to be A  New  You  in 2017? Or is the year the only thing that will be changing?

 I am closing with offering you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…

1. What excites you about your relationship with Jesus and the Catholic Church?

 2. What will I do differently in this New Year to be a better disciple for Jesus?

 3.  Luke tells us “Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” how

will I do the same?

A Message for the Week of December 18,2016

The following questions are to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
 
1.      From prison John the Baptist was able to find Jesus. What are the obstacles in your life that you need to overcome to find Jesus?
 
2.      Jesus is the one that we are looking for in our Christians lives. What opportunities have you missed, to find Jesus because you say that you are too busy to stop and spend some time with another person?
 
3.      In the midst of Advent, what do you need to do to put Jesus front and center in your life?
 
4.      As you look around your house at the Christmas decorations is it evident that Christ is the center of the Christmas Season? Where is your nativity scene? Where is your image of Mary? Where is your cross or crucifix? 

Message for the week of December 11, 2016

 The following questions are to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…
1.      From prison John the Baptist was able to find Jesus. What are the obstacles in your life that you need to overcome to find Jesus?
 
2.      Jesus is the one that we are looking for in our Christians lives. What opportunities have you missed, to find Jesus because you say that you are too busy to stop and spend some time with another person?
 
3.      In the midst of Advent, what do you need to do to put Jesus front and center in your life?
 
4.      As you look around your house at the Christmas decorations is it evident that Christ is the center of the Christmas Season? Where is your nativity scene? Where is your image of Mary? Where is your cross or crucifix? 

 Message for the week of December 4 , 2016

 I am going to close with offering you the following questions to help guide your small faith and prayer group discussion…

 

  1. We shouldn’t dismiss John’s harsh judgement of the Pharisees and Sadducees too quickly. It challenges us to look within ourselves and see what God is calling us to change. One of the best ways to hear what God is calling us to change is through listening to voice of others. What do you hear others say that you need to look at and change?

 

  1. How does the busyness that happens during Advent get in the way of your repentance and being ready for Christ to come again in your heart at Christmas?

 

  1. How would going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation help you in preparing your life for the coming of Jesus?

 

  1. What is the good fruit that God is calling you to bear this Advent? Is there someone that you know who could use a helpful and loving hand in these days leading up to Christmas?

 

Message for the week of November 27, 2016

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