March 19, 2023
1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ps 23: 1-6; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41
Today: Annual Special Collection for Catholic Relief Services.
Homily Reflection Questions:
But the LORD said to Samuel: “Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature…” 1Sam. 16:7
Recall a couple times when you were absolutely sure that you had someone ‘pegged’ or figured out, but then were almost completely wrong.
Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance, but the LORD looks into the heart. 1 Sam 16:7
When were you surprised by your own actions or attitude, when you realized you weren’t exactly who you thought you were? Maybe you were horrified and embarrassed or maybe you were very pleasantly surprised?
He guides me in right paths. Psalm 23
When you look back at your life, what experiences do you recall when it seemed the Lord just picked you up and carried you in order to keep you from going off on the wrong path?
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Eph. 5:10
How would you learn what is pleasing to the Lord? Who might you consult to help you discern this life altering question? When was the last conversation you had with someone about making a big decision that might be ‘pleasing to the Lord’?
Blindness to seeing…
‘You say you can see, so you are blind.’ Jn. 9:41
At what points in your life might you have slapped your forehead with the palm of your hand and realized that you were looking at life and reality in a very narrow or shallow way? In your work, your marriage and family, in politics or the way you followed your religion?
The bulletin today provides a little handy space to take some notes and further develop your thoughts and answers in your Lenten journals. You DO have a Lenten journal, don’t you?