Family Resources for Bishop's Year of the Bible: Week 35

The book of Exodus covers a number of major events in the life of the Jews. It reveals God as the all-powerful maker of all things, as redeemer, and as teacher.  The historical moments recorded were instrumental in establishing how the Jews, and Christians after them, would worship God. It is impossible to overstate the importance of this book for Catholics, for it is here that the foundation of the liturgy and the Eucharist are established. God has provided the instructions for how to worship him and the means (sacrifice) by which to do it.

Sunday, July 25
Exodus 5:1

1 Afterwards, Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Let my people go, that they may hold a feast for me in the wilderness.”

  • I wonder why people would hold a feast for God.
  • I wonder why Pharoah the Egyptian king would not let the people go.

Monday, July 26
Exodus 6:7a

7a I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God; and you will know that I, the Lord, am your God, 

  • God wants us to be His people. He wants to be our lord. 
  • I wonder about this special friendship the Lord wants to have with us.

Tuesday, July 27
Exodus 7:2

2 You will speak all that I command you. In turn, your brother Aaron will tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his land,

  • God sent Moses and Aaron to help the Israelites,
  • I wonder does God send people to help us.
  • I wonder does God ask us to help people.

Wednesday, July 28
Exodus 8:23

23 We must go a three days’ journey in the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD, our God, as he commands us.

  • I wonder what God commands us to do.
  • I wonder what kind of sacrifice we can offer to God. 

Thursday, July 29
Exodus 9:16

16 But, this is why I have let you survive: to show you my power and to make my name resound throughout the earth! 

  • I wonder about the power of the Lord. Is there anything He cannot do? 
  • I wonder how God shows us His power.

Friday, July 30
Exodus 10:8-9

8 So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh, who said to them, “Go, serve the LORD, your God. But who exactly will go?”
9Moses answered, “With our young and old we must go; with our sons and daughters, with our flocks and herds we must go. It is a pilgrimage feast of the LORD for us.”

  • I wonder does God want everyone to serve Him. 
  • I wonder does He just want old people to love and serve Him.

Saturday, July 31
Exodus 11:9

9 The LORD said to Moses: Pharaoh will not listen to you so that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.

  • I wonder does the Lord only speak to the people from a long time ago.
  • I wonder how the Lord speaks to us.  
  • I wonder what wonders God shows us.