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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
December 15, 2019
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Questions of the Week

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Theme: Come home. God’s forgiveness is always there. God forgives before we even ask for forgiveness.

Breaking Open the Word
Suggested text for faith sharing: Today’s Gospel, just the story of the Prodigal Son

Step One: Listen to the Word
You have heard this parable many times. When you listened to it today, what word or phrase or image really struck you? What feeling does this story leave you with?

Step Two: Look into Your Life

Question for Children: The father in this story welcomed his son home, even after he ran away and did bad things. How do you know God welcomes you after you do that?

Question for Youth: The prodigal son was welcomed home even though he had sinned. How hard is it for you to ask for forgiveness? Is it hard for you to believe that you are still loved even when you have sinned?

Question for Adults: When you wander away from being true to your faith, how do you know God will take you back? What signs do you see?