Bible Study for Sixth Week of Christmas

  • 1/25 – Mark 14:1-25 – Do my memories sanctify the present moment or detract from it? Prayer starter: Guide me, O Holy Spirit, to my place in the sacred memory of the Church.
  • 1/26 – Mark 14:26-52 – Do I embrace the demands of discipleship or run from them? Prayer starter: Abba, Father, I entrust myself to your loving care today.
  • 1/27 – Mark 14:53-72 – What failure do I need to own up to and let go of today? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, let me never deprive myself of your forgiveness.
  • 1/28 – Mark 15:1-32 – How have I advanced the cause of peace in my life and my community? Prayer starter: Grant us the strength that we need, Lord Jesus, to be loving and vulnerable.
  • 1/29 – Mark 15:33-41 – What is it that separates me from a fuller experience of God’s presence? Prayer starter: Thank you, Jesus, for reaching beyond my wound and sins into my heart.
  • 1/30 – Mark 15:42-16:8 – When I look into the incomprehensible parts of my life, do I see the angel announcing new life or just the emptiness and darkness? Prayer starter: Lift me up, O Holy Spirit, into the ecstasy of the women at the empty tomb.
  • 1/31 – Mark 16:9-19 – How do I proclaim the unconditional love God shows to all through the risen Christ? Prayer starter: Lead me ever deeper, O Holy Spirit, into the mystery that is absolute and unconditional love.

Jesus’ Holy Names

Holy Name of JesusSon of God (Luke 1:35), Jesus (Matthew 1:21), Yeho-shua, Yeshua, Yahweh saves, Yahweh is my help, Ἰησοῦς, ΙΗCΟΥC, IESVS, Christ, Χριστός, Christus, King, Prophet, High Priest, Messiah, Anointed One, Lord, Son of man, King of the Jews, King of Israel (John 1:49), Rabboni (John 20:16), Master (Mark 10:51), Rabbi (John 1:38), Emmanuel. Divine, Redeemer, Liberator, Saviour of the World, Teacher (John 3:2), The new Adam, Apostle, Paraclete, Mediator, Logos, The Word, Immanuel (Matthew 1:23), Head of the Church, Star from Jacob (Numbers 24:17), Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, Jeremiah 23:5), Man of Suffering (Isaiah 53:3), Son of Mary (Mark 6:3), Nazorean (Matthew 2:23), Word of God (John 1:1, Revelation 19:13), Lamb of God (John 1:29,36), Messiah, Anointed One (John 1:41), Bread of Life (John 6:35), Gate of the Sheep (John 10:1,7,9), Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14, Hebrews 13:20), Holy and Just One (Acts 3:14), Apostle and High Priest (Hebrews 3:1), Alpha and Omega (Revelation 1:8), Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Root of David (Revelation 5:5), Lamb Slain (Revelation 5:6), Lord of Lords, King of Kings (Revelation 17:14, Revelation 19:16).

Bible Study for Fifth Week of Christmas

  • 1/18 – Mark 10:17-52 – how far down that road with Jesus am I willing to walk? Prayer starter: Fill my heart O Holy Spirit, with the faith I need to see my journey to its end.
  • 1/19 – Mark 11:1-11 – Is my faith as strong amid the sadness of Good Friday as it is amid the joy of Palm Sunday? Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, help us to recognize your Presence as the true holy ground of our lives.
  • 1/20 – Mark 11:12-25 – When was the last time that I let an appearance deceive me or that I saw a reality most people missed? Prayer starter: Help me, Lord, Jesus, to follow the demands of discipleship before the demands of the world.
  • 1/21- Mark 11:27-12:12 – Is my relationship with Christ and the Church founded in faith or fear? Prayer starter: Come, O Holy Spirit. Fill the dark cold spaces of fear within me with the warmth of the light of your love.
  • 1/22 – Mark 12:13-34 – Do I recognize that often the questions are more important than the answers in my spiritual journey? Prayer starter: Jesus, my faithful companion and brother, help me to always choose the messiness of communication over the neat sterility of separation.
  • 1/23 – Mark 12:35-44 – Do I give of my abundance or my substance? Prayer starter: May I never choose style over substance.
  • 1/24 – Mark 13:1-37 – Do I see Jesus amid the whirlwind? Prayer starter: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being the unshakable and unmovable foundation for my hope.