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Against the dark background of suffering, sin, and struggle that make up so much of life, it can sometimes feel as if the whole world is a sad and empty place resounding with desperate cries. The first two chapters of Matthew's and Luke's Gospels proclaim otherwise. They headline "Good News of Great Joy for All People!" They say it's not a dirge we should be singing, but a carol: "Joy to the world! The Lord has come!" How fully have we understood this mystery of God becoming human? And what does it mean to celebrate the coming of the Lord into our still struggling world? Six sessions include questions for discussion and application, commentary and explanations, quotes and prayer helps along with the text to be studied individually or with a group. Group sessions take about one and a half hours.
The birth of Christ is recorded in two of the Gospels: Matthew and Luke. In Matthew 1-2/Luke 1-2: Joy to the World the two versions of the birth of Christ are explored and explained.
A Guided Discovery of the Bible The Bible invites us to explore Gods word and reflect on how we might respond to it. To do this, we need guidance and the right tools for discovery. The Six Weeks with the Bible series of Bible discussion guides offers both in a concise six-week format. Whether focusing on a specific biblical book or exploring a theme that runs throughout the Bible, these practical guides in this series provide meaningful insights that explain Scripture while helping readers make connections to their own lives. Each guide
• is faithful to Church teaching and is guided by sound biblical scholarship • presents the insights of Church fathers and saints • includes questions for discussion and reflection • delivers information in a reader-friendly format • gives suggestions for prayer that help readers respond to Gods word • appeals to beginners as well as to advanced students of the Bible
By reading Scripture, reflecting on its deeper meanings, and incorporating it into our daily life, we can grow not only in our understanding of Gods word, but also in our relationship with God.
Louise Perrotta is the author of several books, including 2004: A Book of Grace-Filled Days, 2003: A Book of Grace-Filled Days, Saint Joseph: His Life and His Role in the Church Today, and The Saints' Guide to Learning to Pray. She frequently writes for God's Word Today, The Word Among Us, and other Catholic publications and helps lead pilgrimages to the Holy Land. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.