"I give you a new commandment: love one another."

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2010 (5EasterC)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

Sunday Readings (Cycle C)
Lecturas y Comentarios
Prayer of the Hours
Burning Question: Who is your neighbor?

Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading
Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 14, Verses 21-27

1. Paul and Barnabas traveled around the country spreading the good news. Who was responsible for opening the door to the Gentiles, according to them? Who is in charge of your ministry? How deep is your belief about that?

2. Luke refers to some hardships in this reading. Could they be connected to the “new commandment” mentioned in the Gospel? Have you discovered hardships in your own life connected to loving your neighbor? Even though God opened the doors, what still must take place before faith is received?

Second Reading
Book of Revelation, Chapter 21, Verses 1-5a

1. What is the connection between the holy city in the reading and God’s dwelling with the human race?

2. God and human persons dwell together. Where is this visible? Is it in the Lord’s legacy of selfless love? Where is the comfort in this reading for someone who is suffering?

According to John, Chapter 13, Verses 31-33a, 34-35

1. Did Jesus give us edicts, rubrics or canons? What one rule did he give us over and over again? What teaching of the Church do you think will bring all people to Christ?

2. “As I have loved you, so should you love one another.” How far did Jesus go in loving us? Are you ever asked to give more than you planned? How do you handle that?

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1 comment:

  1. We know who our neighbor is. We keep ourselves comfortable by obeying the "thou shalt not..." commandments because they are easier than giving ourselves over to out and out mutual love. That's what makes the Gospel so tough.