Author name: Michael Marchal

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year A – The First Sunday of Advent to the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Cycle A – DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Introduction to Matthew Matthew was writing for a predominantly Jewish audience, and so he occasionally presumes a bit of knowledge about the laws and customs of Judaism that many of us might be unfamiliar with. But it is easy for us to understand his references if we check the footnotes …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year A – The First Sunday of Advent to the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time to the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Background: The pointless self-righteousness of the Pharisees is a dominant theme in Luke’s Gospel. This Sunday, though, it is the Sadducees’ narrow concept of God which is being portrayed for us. By setting up a rhetorical situation which can easily lead to ridicule, they try to diminish the overall credibility of …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time to the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 26th-31st Sundays in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time Background: Although much of the Old Testament tradition proclaims God’s love and care for the poor and the vulnerable, another strand in the tradition presupposes that wealth is a sign of God’s favor. On the road up to Jerusalem, Jesus continues to instruct his followers that in the kingdom/reign of …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 26th-31st Sundays in Ordinary Time

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 22nd-25th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Twenty Second Sunday of Ordinary Time Background: Jesus is still on his journey to Jerusalem and continues to teach us what we need to do to make the journey with him. In this Sunday’s gospel selection, he is warning us to take the long and not the short view. There is nothing wrong with being …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 22nd-25th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 13th-17th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time Background:The journey to Jerusalem has begun; and, in Luke’s vision, it will not end until faithful believers have brought the good news of the kingdom/reign of God to the ends of the earth. This Sunday’s gospel selection makes that fact clear as it describes how early in that journey Jesus …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 13th-17th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – Pentecost through the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Pentecost – 2nd Reading alternate, Gospel Selection A Background: In Luke’s chronology Jesus sends the Spirit on the fiftieth day after the resurrection. In John he sends the Spirit on the evening of Easter Day itself. Whatever the chronology, the crucial point is that the Spirit is sent not upon individuals but upon the whole …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – Pentecost through the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Third Sunday of Easter through Ascension Sunday

For reflection questions for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A, click here Third Sunday of Easter Background: Each year this Sunday has as its Gospel selection a description of a meal that the risen Jesus shares with his disciples, reminding us that the repeatable sacrament of initiation is the Eucharist. In this year’s passage Jesus …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Third Sunday of Easter through Ascension Sunday

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Fifth Sunday of Lent through the Second Sunday of Easter

For reflection questions for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A, click here Fifth Sunday of Lent Background: For the second Sunday in a row, we are presented with a story about a sinner and the self-righteous—who are also sinners but don’t want to admit it. Yet, as Paul says today, all this judgment of …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Fifth Sunday of Lent through the Second Sunday of Easter

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The First through Fourth Sundays in Lent

For reflection questions for the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays of Lent, Year A, click here First Sunday of Lent Background: To understand this Sunday’s gospel, we need to realize that we are jumping back over the unfolding of Jesus’s ministry in Galilee that we have been reading in the early Sundays of Ordinary Time and …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The First through Fourth Sundays in Lent

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time to the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Jesus continues his ministry of proclaiming the kingdom/reign of God in Galilee. Today Luke insists that it is the liberating Word of God that draws people to Jesus, not the miracles that he works to support the truth of his preaching. (Even those are not just “magic” but often …

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time to the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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