Articles by Michael Marchal

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — All Saints Day to Christ the King Sunday, Year A

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. All Saints’ Day Background: In a culture that is living more and more in a denial of death, this festival reminds us that we are “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” who “have run the race and kept the faith.” Yet […]

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers — All Saints Day to Christ the King Sunday, Year A

Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – the 26th to 30th Sundays in Ordinary Time

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: God is always generous, but Jesus tells us this week about how our choices and subsequent actions matter as well. Words of faith are important; deeds of love are crucial. What is your biggest regret

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Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – the 26th to 30th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – the 22nd to 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Two weeks ago we saw Jesus having to abandon a stereotype and reward the faith of the Gentile woman, so this week we see Peter having to abandon his stereotype of how the Messiah who

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Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – the 22nd to 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Transfiguration through the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. Transfiguration Background: We read this week the last of three interconnected episodes in the gospel: Jesus’s baptism, temptation, and now transfiguration. What links them is that they deal with the meaning of his being the beloved Son/Servant. We have seen how he

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Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Transfiguration through the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – The 13th through 17th Sundays in Ordinary Time

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: This is the concluding section of the “sermon” about what it means to be a person who lives and proclaims the gospel values of Jesus. Which one of Jesus’s statements here scares you the most?

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Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – The 13th through 17th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – Trinity Sunday through the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. Trinity Sunday Background: Grace, love, fellowship—these words from the end of this Sunday’s selection from 2 Corinthians provide the common threads that runs throughout all the readings. Today’s focus is not on the inner relationships among the Persons of the Trinity but

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Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – Trinity Sunday through the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – The 5th Sunday of Easter through Pentecost

Fifth Sunday of Easter Background: We are used to the chronology of Luke where in his gospel and in Acts, Jesus’s resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Spirit are separate events across weeks of time. In John’s gospel the lifting up of Jesus on the cross is the beginning of his glorification: resurrection, ascension, and

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Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – The 5th Sunday of Easter through Pentecost

Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – Palm Sunday through the 4th Sunday of Easter

Palm Sunday — Matthew Background: Christian liturgy is not a play reenacting past events but a living celebration of the inner meaning of those events so that it comes alive in us today. As the oldest Palm Sunday hymn says: “To you before your passion they sang their hymns of praise. To you, now high

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Reflection questions for RCIA seekers: Year A – Palm Sunday through the 4th Sunday of Easter

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year A – The 2nd Sunday of Lent through the 5th Sunday of Lent

The 2nd Sunday in Lent Background: We read this week the last of three interconnected episodes in the gospel: Jesus’s baptism, temptation, and now transfiguration. What links them is that they deal with the meaning of his being the beloved Son/Servant. We have seen how he has struggled to understand the meaning of his Sonship;

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year A – The 2nd Sunday of Lent through the 5th Sunday of Lent

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year A – The 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time through the 1st Sunday of Lent

The 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time Background: The Sermon on the Mount continues; we are once again being taught the basics of life in God’s kingdom/reign. And they are not about kosher ordinances or other do’s and don’t’s but about love in action—which is why this selection from Isaiah was chosen to parallel this Gospel.

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year A – The 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time through the 1st Sunday of Lent

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