Gospel Enquiries for groups

  • How to be a disciple of Jesus

    How to be a disciple of Jesus

    I recall a time when a colleague suggested that we supply students in our school with wrist bands with the letters WWJD printed on them. WWJD? “What would Jesus do?”

  • “I am the servant of the Lord.”

    “I am the servant of the Lord.”

    When Catholics celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, they affirm their belief that Mary was conceived free of original sin. In his poem The Virgin, William Wordsworth (1770-1850) refers to her as “tainted nature’s solitary boast.”

  • Hold your heads high

    Hold your heads high

    In Siblings All, Sign of the Times: The Social Teaching of Pope Francis, Cardinal Michael Czerny and Fr Christian Barone interpret Vatican II as “a historic-salvific reading of contemporary events (which) … takes as its sole reference the centre of faith the message of Jesus.”

  • Rejected by his own people

    Rejected by his own people

    The focus of every Gospel Enquiry is Jesus and what it means to follow him. What comes to mind is the event in his life when he called Peter, Andrew, James and John, four Galilean fishermen, to be his apostles.

  • Let Your Light Shine!

    Let Your Light Shine!

    The Gospel Enquiry is always about Jesus first and then us as his followers and co-workers. This dynamic, this movement is what is called “evangelisation.” Jesus says something, does something, which defines who he is and his mission.

  • You Are the Son of God

    You Are the Son of God

    Things happen when Jesus is present. If you are powerless to make things better for yourself or for others, the ask Jesus to intervene. Mark’s Gospel has many stories that illustrate this truth about his presence in people’s lives.

  • Jesus, please heal me!

    Jesus, please heal me!

    Have you ever taken time out to think about Jesus’ saying, “Render to Caesar the things that are Ceasar’s and to God the things that are God’s.”? He said this when he was challenged by some of his critics who had murder on their minds.

  • I came to set fire to the world

    I came to set fire to the world

    I might be mistaken, but I remember using a book titled “Good Ol’ Plastic Jesus” with students last century. This Gospel reading for today is anything but plastic.

  • People speak the things that are in their hearts

    People speak the things that are in their hearts

    The Church celebrates the feast of St Alfred the Great on October 26. Alfred was born in 849 CE. His father was the king of Wessex, in England. A scholar, who translated classics for the people of Wessex, eventually he took his place on the throne as king of Wessex.

  • Knock, and the door will open for you.

    Knock, and the door will open for you.

    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you went to your friend’s house at midnight and said to him, ‘Friend, loan me three loaves of bread. A friend of mine has come into town to visit me, but I have nothing for him to eat.’

  • On a Mission from God …

    On a Mission from God …

    The story about Jesus sending out the seventy-two disciples in pairs to announce the Good News is the Gospel reading for the Mass for Thursday in the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time.

  • Take up your cross and follow Jesus

    Take up your cross and follow Jesus

    The Church celebrates the feast of St Wenceslaus, the patron saint of Bohemia, on September 28. Wenceslaus (907-929) was the ruler of Bohemia and gave witness to his faith: love for the poor, devotion to Mary, a spirit of penance, and the desire to grow the faith

  • God’s love, our faith

    God’s love, our faith

    The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14. The Gospel reading for the feast day comes from the meeting Nicodemus has with Jesus. 

  • From now on, you will fish for people.

    From now on, you will fish for people.

    Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen whose lives changed when they encountered Jesus on Lake Galilee. The story of their calling is the Gospel for Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time. 

  • Always be ready because ….

    Always be ready because ….

    Jesus is a master storyteller and his stories are powerful expressions of divine justice and mercy. The Gospel reading for Thursday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1, provides us with a timely opportunity to test the truth of this assertion. 

  • “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

    “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”

    The Church celebrates the Feast of St Bartholomew on August 24. Tradition has it that Bartholomew, who is mentioned in the lists of the apostles, is Nathanael, who is summoned by Philip to meet Jesus.

  • Being Forgiven and Forgiving

    Being Forgiven and Forgiving

    The Gospel reading for Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year 1, presents Jesus’ parable about the unforgiving servant. 

  • Make many seeds!

    Make many seeds!

    We celebrate the feast of St Lawrence, deacon and martyr, on 10 August. Very little is known about him, other than he was a deacon in the Church in Rome; he suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Emperor Valerian around the middle of the third century.

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