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Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 13, 2010 (11C)
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
Second Book of Samuel, Chapter 12, Verses 7-10, 13

1. Is there a lesson in the story of the great king David’s lust and his killing of Uriah the Hittite? Does that lesson apply to you? Is there any sin too heinous for God to forgive?

2. What about Uriah’s family? How hard would it be for them to forgive David? How hard is it for you to forgive wrongs done to you? How hard is it for God to forgive? How hard was it for Jesus?

Second Reading
Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians, Chapter 2, Verses 2-16, 19-21

1. St. Paul says, “I live by faith in the son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me” Why do you think Jesus gave himself up for us? Why would he want to live in you?

2. Can your good works be holy? What makes them so? If Christ is living in you, are you just a shell that he uses to do his works? Or do you live in the flesh by faith in the Son of God?

According to Luke, Chapter 7, Verses 36-50; Chapter 8, Verses 1-3

1. Compare and contrast the Pharisee with the weeping woman. Do you think he had stereotyped her? Do you stereotype people?

2. Did the woman love Jesus because he had loved her first and had forgiven her sins? Or do you think she loved him first and in response he forgave her sins? To say it another way, does love follow forgiveness? Or does forgiveness follow love?

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1 comment:

  1. My take on the readings for today:
    I caught David making a confession to Nathan, giving Nathan the opening to tell David that God had forgiven him.
    I caught Paul telling the Galatians that if they were more contrite over breaking the law than they were for being unfaithful to their faith in the love of God, then Jesus died for nothing.
    I caught Jesus telling the Pharisee that the law was not as important as the woman's faith. I also noticed that the woman is not quoted in the story.
    An aside from the depths of my heart: I think that the public sin of this woman was usury, a sin that preys on the "little" people, like widows and orphans, and therefore cries out to God for vengeance. She had to have a lot of faith to do what she did in front of a Pharisee. Her silent, public confession was as effective as David's private confession to the prophet of God.