Beatitudes     "Question of the Week" 


Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time         The challenge to forgive

Reading I            Ezekiel 18:25-28 (personal responsibility)

Reading II          Philippians 2:1-11 (imitating the humility of Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 21:28-32 (parable of the two sons)

Key Passage      A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said, “The first.” (Matthew 21:28–31)



When have your actions not measured up to your promises? What was the outcome?


Why is it important to follow through on your promises to others?


Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time    Dealing with injustice

Reading I            Isaiah 5:1-7 (the vineyard song)

Reading II          Philippians 4:6-9 (joy and peace in Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 21:33-43 (parable of the tenants)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” (Matthew 21:43)



How have you used your talents and abilities well for the Reign of God?


What can you do in your week to help the love of God grow in the world?


Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time      Living our faith

Reading I            Isaiah 25:6-10 (a feast for all peoples)

Reading II          Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 (generosity)

Gospel                 Matthew 22:1-14 (the wedding banquet)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)



How do you translate your faith into the work of the Reign of God?


What three things can you do this week to show that you are a follower of Jesus?


Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time       Social responsibility

Reading I            Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 (rewards to Cyrus, king of Persia)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 (a model for believers)

Gospel                 Matthew 22:15-21 (paying tax to the emperor)

Key Passage      At that [Jesus] said to them “Give therefore to the emperor  the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)


Adult:  How much responsibility do you feel the government should take for meeting the needs of the less fortunate in our society? How willing are you to contribute?


Who needs help in your neighborhood or community? What could you and your family do to help?


Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time                 Love of neighbor

Reading I            Exodus 22:20-26 (social laws)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 (a model for believers)

Gospel                 Matthew 22:34-40 (the greatest commandment)

Key Passage      [Jesus] said to him “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37–39)



In a practical sense, what is one thing that would change in your life if you loved your neighbor as yourself?


Why is it hard sometimes to love your neighbor?


Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time            Sincerity of heart

Reading I            Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8–10 (punishment for imperfect sacrifices)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13 (Paul’s sincerity)

Gospel                 Matthew 23:1-12 (hypocrisy of the scribes and Pharisees)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.” (Matthew 23:3)



Is there an area of your life in which you sometimes feel like a hypocrite?


Why is it important for you to live according to how you believe?


Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time       Actions and consequences

Reading I            Wisdom 6:12-16 (the availability of wisdom to those who seek)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (resurrection of the dead)

Gospel                 Matthew 25:1-13 (parable of the ten virgins)

Key Passage      Jesus said, “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)



We meet Christ sometimes when we least expect it. How can you be ready to see him in all the ways he is present?


What are some surprising ways in which you meet Christ in your daily life?


Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time          Using your gifts

Reading I            Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 (the ideal wife)

Reading II          1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (the need for preparation)

Gospel                 Matthew 25:14-30 (parable of the silver pieces)

Key Passage      [The servant said,] “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:20b–21)



What gift have you not developed as you had hoped? What could you still do?


What gift has God given you? What do you want to do with it?


Christ the King                             The final judgment

Reading 1:          Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 (parable of the shepherds)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 (Christ, the first fruits)

Gospel                 Matthew 25:31-46 (the last judgment)

Key Passage      [The Son of Man] will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do               it to me.” (Matthew 25:45)



Who are the least of your sisters and brothers for whom you do care? Who are those whom you ignore?


To which person did you especially try to show the love and care of Jesus?




Immaculate Conception

Reading I            Genesis 3:9–15, 20 (the fall)

Reading II          Ephesians 1:3–6, 11–12 (the Father’s plan for salvation)

Gospel                 Luke 1:26–38 (announcement of the birth of Jesus)

Key Passage      Genesis 3:14 (Adam and Eve banned from the garden)



How is Jesus born into your own heart, allowing you to live more in light than darkness?


How do you know Jesus lives within you? What are the signs of that?


Christmas: Midnight

Reading I            Isaiah 9:3–6 (the Prince of Peace)

Reading II          Titus 2:11–14 (transforming of life)

Gospel                 Luke 2:1–14 (the birth of Jesus)

Key Passage      Isaiah 9:5 (a Child:  is born)



Why is knowing Jesus important in your life?


How do you experience Jesus when you give a gift to someone else?


Ash Wednesday

Reading I            Joel 2:12–18 (the day of the Lord)

Reading II          2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2 (ministry of reconciliation)

Gospel                 Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18 (purity of intention; prayer and fasting)

Key Passage      Joel 2:13 (conversion of heart)



What attitude of your heart would you like to change during Lent this year?


What do you ask Jesus to help you improve inside of you?



Reading I            Acts 1:1–11 (Jesus’ final instructions and ascension)

Reading II          Ephesians 1:17–23 (exaltation of Christ)

Gospel                 Matthew 28:16–20 (I am with you always)

Key Passage      Acts 1:8 (power to proclaim the good news)



Jesus promises to be with us always. How do you experience his presence most?


What good news about Jesus could you share with someone?


Assumption: Vigil

Reading I            1 Chronicles 15:3–4, 15; 16:1–2 (the ark brought to Jerusalem)

Reading II          1 Corinthians 15:54–57 (glorification of the body)

Gospel                 Luke 11:27–28 (true happiness by keeping the word of God)

Key Passage      Luke 11:28 (blessing to those who keep the word of God)



What does it mean to “keep the word of God”?


When is it hard for you to obey your parents?


All Saints

Reading I            Revelation 7:2–4, 9–14 (rejoicing of the elect)

Reading II          1 John 3:1–3 (Children of God)

Gospel                 Matthew 5:1–12 (the beatitudes)

Key Passage      Revelation 7:10 (salvation  comes from the Lamb)



When you heard the Beatitudes today, which one struck you personally?


Which  of the Beatitudes would you most like to have more of?