Here are questions for us to prayerfully consider as we prepare for worship this Sunday (the lessons are from the Track 2 option). We hope you will find them a useful resource as you prepare to receive them in church. Click on the red headings below to go to the reading.
In biblical language, the term “shepherd” is used to describe both political and religious leaders. In this specific passage, Jeremiah is addressing political leaders. As a prophet, Jeremiah is called by God to hold the shepherds accountable for what they have done to harm the people of God. To extend the metaphor, Jeremiah said these shepherds have scattered the flock instead of gathering them. In what ways could the words of Jeremiah apply to political leaders today? What may we be called to do as part of God’s flock, whether we are shepherds or sheep? What will you do?
This psalm is a powerful poem that describes the turmoil of life and the promise of God’s presence among us to help us hold on during hard times. That reality is summed up in the phrase, “Be still, then, and know that I am God.” This week take time to be still for at least five minutes and remember this.
Some believe the second paragraph in this passage is an ancient hymn from the early church cited by the writer of the letter. Take time to read it slowly. You may even want to write down what it says about Jesus Christ. If you do, consider what the writer states about Christ. Do you believe this? If you do, how does it inspire and guide your life? What questions do you have?
Today is Christ the King Sunday, a relatively new (20th century) special day designated by the Roman Catholic Church. The Gospel passage chosen for today points to Christ on the cross. How does this image inform how we think of Jesus as a king? How does it inform how we think of and use (or support the use of) power in the church and in the world? What might we reevaluate and even change in our religious and political beliefs and actions if we take Jesus and the way of the cross more seriously?