Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for March 7, 2021.
Description: For the 3rd Sunday of Lent, the bulletin article says that the final paragraph of the Gospel reading (John 2:13-25) is very revealing: Jesus did not “trust” himself to the converts whose faith in him was based on the signs and wonders that he had done. The reason: He did not want anyone to testify (i.e., spread the faith) about the limitations of human nature. Faith based on signs and wonders is human nature: It’s easier to put faith in what we can humanly see, touch, and hear than to believe in a God who is invisible and who usually sounds very silent. There is nothing supernatural about this kind of faith, but God is very supernatural.
For discussion groups such as RCIA and Small Christian Communities (SCC), this handout asks:
- What signs do you rely on to believe that God truly cares?
- How do you feel when those signs are taken away? Are these feelings based on the reality of God’s love or on fear?
- Have you ever wished that Jesus would appear to you? Why? Did God provide what you needed some other way?
- How do you remind yourself that God cares during those difficult times when you can’t see it or feel it?
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, adult education, Lenten faith sharing groups, RCIA class, etc.
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