Are you prepared to be a Disciple and a Prophet?
This week we discuss Amos and his hesitation, Paul and the Kerygma, and how ready were the Apostles when Jesus sent him out for a little practice? All of the readings point to preparation for evangelization, and how we should prepare not just for that but for everything in our lives by first relying on Our Lord. And, or course, He is always preparing us. In the activity, which is a brief prayer, we get that opportunity to really see how He is preparing us.
Which makes the answer to the question a positive, resounding: Yes!
Are You Prepared?
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Catechesis At Home – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B
Are You Prepared?
DISCUSSION – How Are You Prepared?
Continuing from last week’s readings about being a prophet, we meet Amos, one of the “minor prophets”. He is called from his work as a shepherd to preach God’s word to Israel. He doesn’t feel very prepared for this mission, but he does it anyway. In the Gospel Jesus sends out the Apostles to carry on His mission of preaching repentance and curing the sick. It is a sort of test run for when He is no longer with them physically on earth. Jesus gives them some instructions and sends them on their way. They probably didn’t feel adequately prepared either, but they go, and they come back with stories to tell! (You can read about another time He sent out more disciples in Luke 10:1-20.) Think about those times you’ve been asked to do something outside your comfort zone, that stretched you and helped you realize that you could grow and become more than what you thought at first.
Jesus taught His Apostles, prepared them, and then sent them out on mission. After He ascended, He sent the Holy Spirit to continue that preparation, God gave us the Word – Scripture – and the Church to continue the teaching. God calls us all out on mission to spread the Good News, this is what being a disciple is all about!
Do you feel prepared to spread the Good News? Why or why not? Think about other things you prepare for: a presentation or project at work or school, a meeting, a test, class or homework assignment. Talk about how you prepare for those. Does your preparation include asking God for help? What is helpful, what is unhelpful? Can you apply some of these things to preparing to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ with others? How would you go about doing so?
ACTIVITY – Are You Prepared: Making Sure
Remember last week we did an activity that got us thinking of how to tell others about God’s great love for us and the salvation of Jesus Christ? This week we read exactly that in St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. He is carrying on the mission from Christ Himself, to spread the Good News. In the form of a prayer, Paul preaches the Kerygma (we learned last week what that word means):
- Praise to the Father who made all things and sent Jesus Christ to redeem us.
- Praise Christ who died for us and is the revelation of the Father to us.
- Praise to the Holy Spirit in whom we are anointed in order to be united with God and inherit the promised and accomplished salvation.
Close your time together and this discussion by praying the second reading aloud (Ephesians 1:3-14). Have one family member read it slowly as everyone else listens and offers their praise and thanksgiving to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who lives and reigns forever and ever and offers us to join Him in eternal life.
Are you prepared? How does this discussion and exercise help you?
by Beth Cowles, MACE
HOO™ Co-Founder and Director of Faith Formation | Lead Catechist
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