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Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sep. 29, 2013 (26C)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
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Burning Question: Do you invite the poor to your banquet?
Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
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Book of the Prophet Amos, Chapter 6, Verses 1, 4-7
1. Do wealth and self-indulgence necessarily go together? How are self-indulgence and complacency related to your ability to respond to the needs of others?
2. The people in this reading are complacent and comfortable. Would you choose them to be your best friends? Why? What’s missing in a person’s life if all possible time and effort is consumed with caring for his or her needs and desires? With these people at one end of the spectrum and Mother Teresa at the other, where do you fall?
Psalm 146: 7, 8-9, 9-10
1. Our psalmist assures us that the Lord gives food to the hungry. Describe how your spiritual hunger is satisfied by the nourishment you receive from God.
2. The Psalm says that the Lord thwarts the way of the wicked. Reflect on your experience and give an example of how the Lord has overcome evil that was
a threat to you.
First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy, Chapter 6, Verses 11-16
1. Elsewhere, Jesus said to Pilate, “The reason I have come into the world is to bear witness to the truth.” What do you do that bears witness to the truth? Do you think, “Lay hold of eternal life” means that you should try to grab eternal life or that you should let God grasp you?
2. How do patience, gentleness, and love relate to your bearing witness to the truth? How much gentleness do you have? Patience? Love?
According to Luke, Chapter 16, Verses 19-31
1. Where would you find Lazarus today? What would he or she look like? Do you recognize and care for him or her as God’s beloved child, or do you want to roll up your window when you see him or her coming?
2. How does it help you to care for Lazarus? Compare and contrast the person who takes care of the poor with the complacent person in the First Reading, who sits around drinking wine and anointing him/herself all day with the best oils?
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