“But who do you say that I am?”

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 20, 2010 (12C)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

Sunday Readings
Lecturas y Comentarios
Prayer of the Hours
Burning Question: What is the communion of Saints?

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

First Reading
Book of the Prophet Zechariah
Chapter 12, Verses 10-11; Chapter 13, Verse 1

1. Who is prefigured in this reading from the book of Zechariah? Another part of the reading says that God will pour out a spirit of grace and petition on the people. How is this related to the death of the pieced one?

2. Do you forgive other people if they “repent,” or do you demand more? Are there people you have offended and whom you need to ask for forgiveness? Has your country pierced individuals or groups of people? How about the Church? Is there anything can you do about the latter two?

Second Reading
Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians, Chapter 3, Verses 26-29

1. What happens to traits like gender, color, race, social status, sexual orientation and allegiance to points of view different than our own in the baptismal garment?

2. There are some people who for one reason or another do not “put on Christ.” Does Christ redeem them too? Do you think God sees you praying for the ones you love who may have “taken Christ” off for a while? Maybe they are still connected as long as you’re holding on to them. Discuss.

According to Luke, Chapter 9, Verses 18-24

1. Why did Jesus ask his disciples whom they thought he was? Does he ask this of you as well? Why? Is this a way to help his followers be a part of the kingdom?

2. Are there any implications for you if you know who Christ is and what his mission is about? If picking up your cross is a formidable task, do you have to think of all the years to come, or could you just pick up today’s cross?

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