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Feast and Faith: The Suffering, Friendless and Needy, Ages 11-18 (11/26/17)

For this week’s dinner discussion, we are talking about how Jesus took care of the lonely, hurting, and needy of his community.  

 

Prayer -  Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve: Bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of others; that with wisdom, patience, and courage, they may ministry in his Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy for the love of him who laid down his life for us, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany)

 

Discussion – In Matthew 25:31-46, we have the last of Matthew’s three end-time parables and it seems to be a vision of the last judgement. The Son of Man (aka Jesus) is clearly identified as King and Judge of all people.

 

Questions

  1. To what extent are we to take the six demands of Jesus literally? Explain your answer.
  2. Describe a time when you helped something with a problem. How did that make you feel?
  3. Describe a time someone helped you with a problem. How did that make you feel?
  4. What does it mean to you to be a called a brother or sister of Jesus? 

 

Final nugget –  Here is Jesus’ unmistakable revelation of God’s true nature. As Son of Man, Jesus associates himself not with the brilliant, the pious, the famous, or the powerful, but with the least—the hungry, thirsty, lonely, sick, naked, and imprisoned. Jesus clearly delineates the values of the kingdom of heaven. Those who suffer are close to the heart of God. Those who minister to the suffering receive the Father’s blessing.