When we are Doers of the Word we are authentic Catholics. This week’s readings call us to be Christ-like, which is the very essence of being a Saint. This Sunday at Mass we are called to DO more than just HEAR the Word. It seems we can get into a habit of hearing the readings and listening to the nice homily and then go about our business. But when we are at donuts after Mass, are we even talking about the good things that we heard – let alone doing something about it? The last words we hear at Mass are the deacon or priest telling us, “Hey, Mass is over. Go do something with what you just heard!” Okay, maybe not exactly in those words – but certainly with that meaning!
This week’s activity is a deeper discussion maybe you can have at the donut shop after Mass. And if you want to go deeper, there’s a follow-up activity that defines what a word we use all the time really means, and a couple of Saints who were great Doers of the Word.
Being Catholic is a good start. Doing Catholic is where the supernatural happens.
Be Doers of the Word
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Catechesis At Home – Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B
Be Doers of the Word
DISCUSSION – Can We Be Doers of the Word?
“Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees
which I am teaching you to observe,
that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 4:1)
“The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.” (Psalm 15:1a)
“Humbly welcome the word…be doers not hearers only.” (James 1:21-22)
“Hear me all of you and understand.” (Mark 7:14)
Are we listening? Are we responding to the Word? Are we simply checking off the boxes to be a “good Catholic” – going to Mass on Sunday, saying grace before meals, taking children to religious education class? Or do we really absorb what God is speaking to us and respond to His word by living our lives accordingly?
Over the last few weeks, we have heard Jesus teaching about Himself as the Bread of Life. We have been offered eternal life through the Eucharist. But it is not enough to simply receive Holy Communion. Mass encompasses so much more than that! We listen to Jesus as the Word, then we receive Him in the Eucharist, and THEN we are SENT ON MISSION! The word “Mass” comes from the Latin word “misse” which is the root word for mission. Jesus, the Word made Flesh, gives us a mission each time we attend Mass. We are sent out to live the Gospel, to preach the Gospel, to bring the Gospel to this broken world in which we live; these are the last words the priest or deacon says to us when the Mass is ended. Today’s readings challenge us – are we doers of the word or hearers only?
ACTIVITY – Being Doers of the Word
Last week we looked at our priorities. This week we continue in that vein. Talk with your family about how you are “doers” of the Word. Ask questions to get the discussion going, such as: How does our family live the Gospel message of salvation? Do we treat others as we want to be treated? Do we pay attention to and care for the needs of others before our own wants? Do we ask ourselves each time we read or hear Scripture, “how does this apply to me (or us) and my (or our) life?” What is God asking us to do? How are we answering Him?
To be authentic disciples, what we THINK, SAY, DO, and LIVE must be in harmony. THINK about the words you SAY: Do I tell others I am a Christian? Do I teach my children to use “nice words” or speak kindly or “say your prayers”? THINK about your actions: Do I DO those things I SAY? Do I use “nice words, speak kindly and say my prayers”? Lastly, THINK about your life: Do I LIVE what I SAY and DO? If it were illegal, could I be convicted of being a Catholic without admitting it? Is there enough evidence that beyond reasonable doubt I am “guilty” of being a disciple of Christ Jesus? Is my life an authentic one?
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY – The Liturgy and Saints: Being Doers of the Word
The word “liturgy” means “public work.” So, when we participate in the Liturgy of the Church (i.e. Mass) we are DOING the Word. Our public worship is one very important way that we become “doers of the word.”
Two saints who were definitely doers of the word are St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine!
Feast of St. Monica – August 27th https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-monica
Feast of St. Augustine – August 28th https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-augustine-of-hippo
LEARN MORE – Other Be Doers of the Word-related items of interest from Holy Owned and Operated:
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What are your suggestions for how we can all Be Doers of the Word?
by Beth & Kristofer Cowles