June 12, 2011: John 7:37-52; 8:12, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · June 6, 2011
At that time of the feast Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
The officers then went back to the chief priest and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed.” Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.”
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Here are some questions about the Gospel reading:
1. Who should come to Jesus?
2. What does a thirsty person need to do in order to drink?
3. What do the scriptures say will happen to a believer’s heart?
4. Who is the river of living water?
5. When did the apostles receive the Holy Spirit?
6. When did you receive the Holy Spirit?
7. What did you have to do or what did your sponsor do for you before you receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?