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Lesson 1 - Day 2

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on May 21, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Suggested Scripture Reading:

(a) Overview for the day: John 16:12-15

"I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth."

(b) For question #3: Exodus 19: 4-5; 1 Peter 2:9-10

(c) For question # 4: Gen 9:1-17; 12:1-5; 15: 1-6; 26: 1-5; 28: 10-22; 2 Sam 7:8-17

Questions for Reflection

1. In what ways have you recognized God present to you and at work in your life?

2. In what ways have you recognized God present and active in our world?

3. What is God's desire in communicating with us and to the world? (See Exodus 19: 4-5; 1 Peter 2:9-10)

4. The following Scriptural passages touch on the convenant that God has entered into with his people. What stands out in these stories - what connections do you notice? Read: Gen 9:1-17; 12:1-5; 15: 1-6; 26: 1-5; 28: 10-22; 2 Sam 7:8-17

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Reply Thomas David McMurray
5:29 PM on May 25, 2013 
1. In what ways have I recognized God present to me and at work in my life?
There are many ways in which I see and experience God present and working in my life each day. One is in my celebration of Mass and preaching. Many times I feel that God is close and touching the hearts of those present. So often one or more who are present will comment to me after Mass at how they felt God speaking to them ? in their hearts during the Mass. A second way that God works in my life is through the students I teach and encounter each day. Even when I feel tired and low on energy at the beginning of a school day ? it is not long after being among the students that I feel energized. They are full of life, full of goodness, and full of great and generous desires. They are so open to new experiences and insights and the possibility of good happening to them. It is a though the Lord is reminding me each day to have a heart and mind that are open and expectant to what is new and life-giving.

2. In what ways have I recognized God present and active in our world?
Oddly, I recognize God at work in so many people who are moved to compassion in times of tragedy ? moved to reach out and help those who are suffering and in need. There has been quite a bit of this in recent weeks with the Boston bombing, explosion in Texas, tornadoes across the country. God?s spirit is continually moving the hearts of people to be generous in embracing their brothers and sisters in need.

3. What is God's desire in communicating with us and to the world? (See Exodus 19: 4-5; 1 Peter 2:9-10)
From these two passages of scripture, God?s desire is to make us his people, to set us free from all that would keep us from knowing , loving, and praising him, from knowing his goodness and mercy. He wants us to be a people who are a light to others.

4. The following Scriptural passages touch on the convenant that God has entered into with his people. What stands out in these stories - what connections do you notice? Read: Gen 9:1-17; 12:1-5; 15: 1-6; 26: 1-5; 28: 10-22; 2 Sam 7:8-17
In each case God takes the initiative in reaching down to those he calls to be his own; He promises to end whatever hardship they may be experiencing and assures them that he will bless them abundantly, in fact, impossibly so. He further promises that he will never abandon them but remain with them, guide them, give them what they need to be faithful themselves to God. God?s covenant in each of these passages is one of great and abundant life and promise and hope ? a reality that only God can realize in their lives ? and a promise he fulfills again and again.