Family Resources for Bishop's Year of the Bible: Week 36

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, August 1
Exodus 12:25

25 Thus, when you have entered the land which the LORD will give you as he promised, you must observe this rite. 26 When your children ask you, ‘What does this rite of yours mean?’27 you will reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice for the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt. 

  • I wonder how the Lord keeps us safe like the Israelites.

Monday, August 2
Exodus 13:3

3 Moses said to the people, “Remember this day on which you came out of Egypt, out of a house of slavery. For it was with a strong hand that the LORD brought you out from there. 

  • God does not want us to be slaves, He wants us to be His friends.
  • I wonder how God leads us to freedom. 
  • I wonder what we are to do with the gift of freedom.

Tuesday, August 3
Exodus 14:13-14

13 But Moses answered the people, “Do not fear! Stand your ground and see the victory the LORD will win for you today. For these Egyptians whom you see today you will never see again.14 The LORD will fight for you; you have only to keep still.”

  • I wonder do we need to be afraid if God is with us.

Wednesday, August 4
Exodus 15:2

2 My strength and my refuge is the Lord, and he has become my savior. This is my God, I praise him, the God of my father, I extol him.

  • I wonder how we can give praise to God.

Thursday, August 5
Exodus 16:4

16 Then the Lord said to Moses: I am going to rain down bread from heaven for you.

  • I wonder about the gift of bread from heaven.
  • I wonder how we can give thanks and praise to God for His bread.

Friday, August 6
Exodus 17:1

1 From the wilderness of sin the whole Israelite community journeyed by stages, as the Lord directed, and encamped at Rephidim.

  • I wonder how God leads us away from sin.
  • I wonder how we give thanks to God, for He takes great care of us.

Saturday, August 7
Exodus 18:11

1 Now I know that the Lord is greater than all the gods; for he rescued the people from the power of the Egyptians 

  • I wonder is there anyone who is greater than God.
  • I wonder how God rescues people.