Discussion Questions: Week of January 13, 2019
This week’s discussion questions are based on the First Reading found at Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11, the Second Reading found at Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7 and on the Gospel at Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
- In the First Reading, we read that the Lord feeds his flock like a shepherd and tends to the lambs and ewes. In what ways have you felt the Lord’s care this week.
- In the second reading, we are told, “He saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” What areas in your life need to be “rebirthed and renewed” by the Holy Spirit? Have you asked the Holy Spirit for guidance?
- This week’s Gospel tells the story of Jesus’s baptism. We hear the Father’s voice coming from heaven, we see the Son in the river, and we watch the Holy Spirit descend in the form of a dove. As we see the Trinity together for the first time in Scripture, we are reminded that these same three persons are a daily reality in our lives because we have been baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. How often do you think about the Trinity as one God? How do you explain the Trinity?
- Do you find you pray to one of the three in the Trinity more than the others? Why do you suppose that is?
- Consider these three key words in this week’s Gospel: beloved, son and well pleased. What does it mean to you to know you are truly beloved by God; that you are a son or daughter of the heavenly Father; and that with you, God is well pleased?
This week, take time each day to consider how much God the Father loves you. If you find yourself becoming downhearted or critical, stop and repeat the words of the Gospel, using your own name; for example, “You (name) are my beloved son (or daughter); with you I am well pleased.” Allow God’s love to fill your heart and wash away your feelings of inadequacy or false guilt.