Reading program for Matthew’s Gospel during 2011 Lent – #6
Prepared by Fr. Joseph Palubeski, CR, 2011 [email protected]
Preparation exercises taken from CATHOLIC SERENDIPITY BIBLE
JESUS, THE KINGDOM, AND THE CHURCH
Read Matthew Chap 16:13-28
> What was one mountaintop experience in your life?
> Of all the places you call “God’s country,” which is your favorite?
Read Matthew Chap 17:1-13 - If your bible has cross-references or footnotes, you might want to check them out for further insights.
> It’s been six days since Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ and Jesus predicted his own death. Why is that information important for what happens next? Who does Jesus invite as a witness? Why only three? Why these three?
> What does it mean to be “transfigured”?
> Why Moses? Elijah (see vv 11 & 13)?
> Why was Peer’s response inappropriate?
> What is significant in what the voice from the cloud says about Jesus? (see Exodus 24:15)
> Why does Jesus silence the disciples?
> How did you come to realize that Jesus was the One, above all others, that you should listen to?
> How has God said to you, “This is my beloved son (or daughter), with whom I am well pleased?
Read Matthew Chap 17:14-18:35 Divide these verses over the remaining days
Personal Reflection after reading this section
> Choose one or two scenes and choose one character or crowd and enter the scene. What do you see and hear?
> What does Jesus say to your heart?
> Spend some time talking to Jesus about this.