S07 Episode 14: Reflections on Pope Francis' Easter Message

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By Abiding Together, Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, and Sister Miriam James Heidland. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Pope Francis’ Easter Message

In this episode we talk about Pope Francis’s Easter homily. We discuss the themes of not being paralyzed in the midst of fear, overcoming self protection, the power in choosing to do the next right thing, and practicing resurrection in our lives. Small acts of love and receiving the gift of hope can be the game changers we need in this season.

Sister Miriam’s one thing - Heather Khym’s playlist, “Hallelujah is our Song

Michelle’s one thing - The series The Chosen (Watch the trailer)

Heather’s one thing - Stephanie Gretzinger’s new song, “Center of all History”. The song “Peace” by Bethel

Resources:

The text of Pope Francis’ Easter Vigil Homily

Discussion questions:

  1. What struck you from the podcast?
  2. What was a little hidden “Easter egg” that you found this year?
  3. In this cloistered time, how will you take silence to hear God speak to you, so you can emerge a resurrected person?
  4. What are small gestures of care, affection, and prayer that you can make this week?
  5. What are the stones you place in front of hope?

Journal Questions:

  1. Reflect and journal about this scripture: Matthew 28:1-7. What does it speak to you personally?
  2. Put yourselves in the position of one of the women throughout the Passion narrative. How do you react?
  3. What is the mountain that overwhelms you? How can you focus on the next right step?
  4. What are the places that you self protect and possibly miss out on a gift that God wants to give you?

Quote to Ponder - “Jesus’ hope is different. He plants in our hearts the conviction that God is able to make everything work unto good, because even from the grave he brings life.” - Pope Francis

Scripture for Lectio Divina - Matthew 28:1-7

When the sabbath was over,Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salomebought spices so that they might go and anoint him.Very early when the sun had risen,on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb.They were saying to one another,"Who will roll back the stone for usfrom the entrance to the tomb?"When they looked up,they saw that the stone had been rolled back;it was very large.On entering the tomb they saw a young mansitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe,and they were utterly amazed.He said to them, "Do not be amazed!You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.He has been raised; he is not here.Behold the place where they laid him.But go and tell his disciples and Peter,'He is going before you to Galilee;there you will see him, as he told you.'”

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