Luke 20:9-19 by Andrew Hargy (J2A)

 

A man went away on a trip and left his vineyard to be maintained by some farmhands. During his trip the man would send servants to collect the profits from the vineyard for him. He did this three times. Each time the farmhands would either beat the servant, or work them to an inch of death and leave them in the street and send them off empty-handed.

 The man thought that if he sent his own son, the farmhands will respect him and give him the profits that he was owed. The man however did not think that the farmhands would kill his son.  The farmhands believed that killing the son would allow them to keep the vineyard to themselves. The man, instead of collecting the money himself, had other people collect it for him, resulting in the deaths of his son and servants.

This parable shows that in order to achieve your goals and do the things you want to do, you have to do it yourself. You have to take the initiative. You can’t just live life thinking that someone is going to do it for you, because thousands to millions of people are also thinking the same way. If everyone has that kind of mindset then nothing will happen and we will become stagnant. The only reason we are moving forward in society is because of the people who are themselves actively participating. Be a leader, not a follower. Be proactive, not reactive.

Philippians 2:5 – 11 by Ryan Hargy (J2A)

 

A man of great power, is equal to slaves. Christ becomes humble, not because of outside forces, but because he wants to. He wills it. Christ is the son of god and an equal to man.

 The beginning of the passage starts off with “Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself”. Stop. Pause for a minute, or a second, and reflect. Think. What does it mean to be humble? How am I humble?

Do we look down upon people in our society? Perhaps, people who aren’t as well off as we are. Do you look down upon them and say “they did this to themselves” and ignore their pleas? Truth be told, some of us have seen people in need and turned away. Be humble, see others not as lower than you, but as equals. Smile with them, laugh with them, console them. See each other as brothers and sisters, and not as different.  

 

Luke 22:39-71; 23:1-56 by Sophie Martucci (YAC)

 

 

While reading Luke 23:1-56 the first thing that struck me was how resistant Pilate was to crucify Jesus. Those who strongly disliked Jesus for having different views were so set on persecuting him that they did not care whether or not Pilate believed that he, “[finds] no guilt in this man” (Luke 23:4). Despite Pilate’s efforts to bargain a different punishment for Jesus, he was still crucified due to the Jews enmity towards a man with opposing views. They even freed a man, Barabbas, who was an actual physical danger to society for being a murderer but crucified Jesus for possibly threatening the power of the Romans through his religious teachings. To me, this related to modern day peer pressure since in today’s society that is a very powerful tool someone could use to intimidate people to join their side and become vulnerable. However the most important part is that like Jesus, we must stay strong to what we believe in no matter if we are alone or different from others because it doesn’t allow evil to prevail in the end.

Psalm 126 by Julia West (Rite 13)

This poem did not change my perspective, It was meaningful though because… God is a very important person and the poem was just another example of him doing good things. God is always there when we need him and help everyone. No matter how poor or how rich, he always there for anyone.

In the poem it was showing how god helped all sorts of people from different places, because he feels passionate about everyone. He is helping people in all sorts of ways and always manages to give the people just what he needs. We all appreciate god for how he helps a person for no matter how rich or poor where they live or what they do. God is there for everyone who needs it.

Lastly the poem was explaining how god got his name because of how good of a person he was. He earned his honor for how good of person he was. He treated everyone fairly and never showed discrimination. And for all he went through he was still kind loving and lets not forget how inspired. This is what the poem meant to me.

Psalm 126 by Carter Rolli

 

The story talks about how god is good to everyone and if they are sad or upset he will help them get out of it. Also, if good things are happening to them, god will try to have more good events. It talks about how even if he leaves during hard times, he will always come back and be wonderful to not just someone, but everyone. An example of this is where it says “we were the talk of the nations- God was wonderful to us” it shows how god changes a small community for the better and how he affects them positively.

Philippians 3:8-14 by Ben Larner (Rite 13)

 

This passage is about many different things, but most importantly it focuses on loving God and Jesus above everything else. It talks about throwing out everything they used to take credit, for so they could embrace Christ. They wanted to know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering and go all the way with him to death itself. They wanted to resurrected above all else, which in my opinion defeats the purpose of everything they’re doing.

I think that the person throwing away everything relates to our lives because may people do throw a lot of things away to be with Christ. It relates to me because sometimes I can’t do things because I come to church

 

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 by Spenser Thoma

The message from Deuteronomy 26 1-11 is to always thank god for what they give you. I relate to this message whenever we have dinner, we always do grace before we eat. I think that this is a great message for life and is something you should do before or after any special event. You should say thank you or do a prayer to show that you thank God. People usually thank God before they eat dinner, or before they eat dinner on a special holiday. Reasons to thank God could include that you are thankful for your life, your parents, your friends, and any other things that you would thank God for.