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by Larry Broding

Seeking Jesus

To end the Christmas season, we turn to Matthew’s story of the Magi, the wise men who rose above the mundane day-to-day experience to seek someone. The “light to the nations,” the newborn King of the Jews.. — Larry Broding

FIRST READING

The rising light

This passage challenge us to see what the Lord is doing. To look beyond the tedium and the mundane. To see his glory shine. And to lead us.

PSALM

The great king

What qualities and possessions define a great leader? Read Psalm 72 as a hymn of praise. What insights do you gain from the psalm about Jesus?

SECOND READING

Evangelization as a vehicle for grace

How have your words and actions presented Christ to others this week? Explain.

GOSPEL

Seek the Lord

Have you ever felt called to find an answer or go on a quest? What happened? When have you searched for the Lord? When has that search encountered road blocks or deception or wrong turns? How has God kept you on track? How has God called you this week? How has God graced you this week? How can you pass your call and your grace along to others?
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Living the Word

by Fr. Frank Bird, sm

Hearing and living the Sunday readings

Discussion Guide

Los Angeles Bishop David O'Connel provides PDFs of the Sunday Gospel Reading and also instructions on how to use this Gospel Reflection Process. PDF’s are available in both English and Spanish.

ADULTSTeamRCIA VIDEOS

Introductory video to this Sunday by Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com.

RCIA Questions

Epiphany (B)

Directions: On this page you will find questions on the Sunday Readings that can be used in RCIA or Faith Sharing groups. Clicking on the PDF icons at bottom right will  give participants additional commentary and resources.

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Small Group Questions (Option A)

by Fr. Eamon Tobin

1.  Share with the group or person next to you what spoke to you most in the Gospel. With this first question try to refrain from commenting on what others said. Just share what spoke to you and then move on to the next person.

2. The Magi symbolize our search for God and meaning in life. What gives meaning to your life? Has some recent discovery or new passion brought new meaning and depth to your life?

3. In the Epiphany, Jesus is manifested to the Magi and Gentile world. Can you name a recent epiphany experience in your life, a recent discovery?

4. Name one thing today’s Gospel says to us that we disciples of Jesus need to heed and act on.

©2020 Fr. Eamon Tobin. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Small Group Questions (Option B)

by Fr. Bauer
  1. While there have been and will continue to be dramatic and powerful epiphanies of our God, I also believe that subtler epiphanies take place all the time.  Can you remember a time when you experienced God’s presence and grace (an epiphany)in your life?
  2. If Jesus Christ came to save all people for all time, why do you think some people want to put limits on God’s salvific will?
  3. Can you find the Epiphany stained glass window in the Basilica?
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Discussion Questions

by Fr. Clement Thibodeau

1. How many people do you know who have traveled to distant places in search of special religious experiences? Have you ever been to St. Anne de Beaupre? To Cap de Madeleine, to St. Joseph’s Oratory in Canada? To Guadalupe in Mexico? To Lourdes in France? To Fatima in Portugal? To Jerusalem, Bethlehem orto Nazareth? To LaSallette in France? To Garabandal in Spain? To Our Lady of Knock in Ireland? To Our Lady of Walshingham in England? To Bosnia-Herzegovina? Why do people do that?

2. Discuss the journey of the Magi in terms of your own life journey. Have you been willing to search for a deeper fulfillment of your religious longings and spiritual needs? What have you had to do to find fulfillment? Have you had to undertake an inner journey of conversion and personal change? What difficulties have you encountered? Have you met opposition on the way? Has anyone or anything tried to thwart your intentions or to block your progress? Have you had to “go home by another route?”

3. Discuss the journey that the Church is on in pursuit of the kingdom of God. What “star” is the Church following through the winding roads of this world? What are the powers in the world today trying to divert the Churchfrom its purposes? What falsehoods are being told the Christian community in an effort to lead it into other paths? Who is there to keep it going on a true course?

© 2017 Portland Diocese / Father Clement D. Thibodeau. Used with permission.

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Bible Study Questions

by Vince Contreras

1. The 1st Reading from Isaiah contains a prophecy which is directed to the Jews returning from Exile, but it is not primarily about them. Who does it describe and what will be their experience? What will Israel’s response to this be? What should our response be to seeing people who were formerly “outsiders” entering the Church?

2. In the 2nd Reading, what is the “great mystery” of which St. Paul speaks of in verse 3? Why is this significant for the Church of his time? Of our time?

3. Why was it important for Jesus to be born in the city of David, Bethlehem, a name which means “house of bread” (verses 4-6; Micah 5:1-3; 2 Samuel 5:2)?

4. What do the star, the Magi, the gifts, the homage, the hostility and the prophecy teach about the significance of Jesus?

5. Since the Magi were pagan astrologers, why would they leave everything to follow that star? In your journey toward God, how are you like the Magi? Unlike them? Have you had to leave anything to follow Jesus?

6. Note the responses of the Magi upon finding Jesus. How are they similar to the response that Christians make to Jesus, including before the Blessed Sacrament?

7. What is the “gold, frankincense, and myrrh” in your life? How have you offered this to Jesus?

© 2011 Sunday Scripture Study for Catholics by Vince Contreras. Used with permission.

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