Blessings to you all!
We are now starting Week 2 of our Gospel of Luke study. We will be reading about the announcement of the birth of John the Baptist and of Jesus. We will also read the slightly different responses Zechariah and Mary had to the news of their sons’ births. From there, the wondrous news of the birth of Jesus and a few stories from his youth.
Please ponder the following questions (also shown under Week 2) and share with the group your thoughts. Plus, if anyone else comes up with questions of their own, feel free to pose them to the group as well. You may input your thoughts or questions on the Week 2 page.
Read Luke 1:5-2:52 (Infancy Narrative)
- In verse 1:44, Elizabeth says to Mary “when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for you.” What’s your reaction to being in the presence of the Lord? Do you recognize His presence? If so, how does it make you feel? If you do not recognize His presence, how can you make yourself better prepared to notice it?
- Zechariah and Mary had different responses to the angel’s news to them. Do you welcome God’s grace into your life? Do you deny or question it? How can you better open your heart to it?
- In verse 2:19, Luke writes that “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” How does Luke know this? Did he talk to Mary? What do you think Mary pondered? Does this help you view Mary as a mother and Jesus as a boy (later, a man)?
There are also questions in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible – Gospel of Luke for this week’s readings. These are listed in the back of the book. Feel free to share your responses to these questions on the Week 2’s page.
Our study group continues to grow. We have at least 14 members right now! Please continue to invite others to join our group. I have ICSB books remaining and can arrange to get them to whomever needs one (Free to St. A members. $8 for all others, or what they can afford).
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May the Spirit be with you during your study and help guide you.
Your friend in Christ,