January 29, 2012: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching; Life and Dignity of the Human Person
First Reading: Deuteronomy 18: 15-20
Second Reading: 1st Corinthians 7: 32-35
Gospel: Mark 1: 21-28
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church: no references
Do we seek to hear God’s voice everyday? How do we each uniquely bow bow in worship to acclaim the rock of our salvation? If we neglect coming into God’s presence, with thanksgiving, we deprive ourselves of God’s shepherding guidance. From the assembly of worship, prayer greeting a new dawn, making the sign of the cross or pausing to reflect in silence, God permeates our day. His voice heard, hearts are not hardened to the voice of prophets and cease to rebuke the call to justice.
Individual Reflection: Deuteronomy 18: 15-20
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Preview their Lenten resource: Lenten Prayers for Hungry People
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Family Reflection: Psalm 95
During the week, have each family member keep a prayer journal on how they connect with God during each day. For young children that are unable to write, have them draw pictures. At the end of the week, discuss your experiences.
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