Exploring the Gospel


November 29, 2020

1st Sunday of Advent

Mark 13:33–37

We have begun our new liturgical year and will receive most of our gospel readings from Mark.
This week,
Jesus warns us of the need to be alert and watchful for his coming at the end of time and each day of our lives. He compares himself to the master of the house who travels far away. The master places his servants in charge of the estate, each with his or her own work. They are put on alert: "May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping." Be on guard. Stay awake!
Jesus is telling us to stay awake to daily opportunities to meet Christ in our lives.

If you would like to read the Gospel to your children, the Youth Friendly version of the Gospel may be found here.

Discussion Questions (Elementary):
Why is Jesus asking us to be watchful? Why might we sometimes miss the coming of Jesus? Jesus has given each of us our work to do in this world. What is your work for him now? What kind of work do you hope to do for him in the future?  

Discussion Questions (MS/HS):
Identify three situations in today's world that challenge you to live the Gospel. How can we be an Advent people, awake to meet those challenges and attentive to all the ways Jesus comes into our lives? Pray this prayer: "Come, Lord, Jesus."