Lifelong CatechesisForming Catholic identity across generations
The twofold character of Advent calls us to prepare for the remembering of the Word made Flesh at Christmas, and directs us to wait with alertness for Jesus’ second coming.
Theme: Jesus is God made flesh. (Emmanuel = God is with us!)
Breaking Open the Word
Suggested text for faith sharing: Today’s Gospel
Step One: Listen to the Word
What one word or thought in this reading really strikes you? What overall sense of the Christian life do you get from this reading?
Step Two: Look into Your Life
Question for Children: When you pray, how do you hear God’s voice in response?
Question for Youth: God speaks to us in our intuitions and imagination, as he did to Joseph in this dream. What is your experience of hearing God speak in this way? What is God asking of you?
Question for Adults: What experiences do you have of God “speaking to you” and directing your life and work? How does God speak to you in prayer?