Author Archives: Kathy Pichler

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Faith in the Lord
Reading I: 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 (Elijah’s flight to Horeb)
Reading II: Romans 9:1-5 (grief for the Jews; God’s free choice)
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33 (Jesus walks on water)
Key Passage: Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
Adult: When have you doubted the loving care of God for you as the apostles did in the boat?
Child: How do you know that Jesus is with you at all times?
(from PastoralPlanning,com)

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Transfiguration of the Lord

1st Reading1 Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
2nd Reading2 Peter 1:16-19
GospelMatthew 17:1-9 (Jesus transfigured)
Key Passage: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. (Matthew 17:1–2)
Adult: How has your faith in Jesus transformed you? What difference does your faith in Jesus Christ make in your life?
Child: How has the example of Jesus helped you become a better person and Christian? What does it mean to you to be a holy person?

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Reading I: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 (wisdom of Solomon)
Reading II: Romans 8:28-30 (God’s love for all)
Gospel: Matthew 13:44-46 (the treasure and the pearl)
Key Passage: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44)
Adult: What would you be willing to “sell,” or do without, in order to achieve your dreams for yourself or your family?
Child: What good thing do you want so much that you would give up something else to get it?

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Overcoming weakness
Reading I: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 (on God’s mercy)
Reading II: Romans 8:26-27 (the intercession of the Spirit)
Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30 (the parable of the weeds)
Key Passage: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)
Adult: What weakness can the power of the Spirit help you overcome?
Child: When will you need the help of the Holy Spirit this week?