"Do not be unbelieving, but believe."
This Sunday we hear that the apostles, imprisoned and bound by fear, have locked themselves into the upper room, and that "Jesus came and stood before them...Then he breathed on them and said: 'Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men's sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound.' "
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Second Sunday of Easter, April 27, 2014 (2EasterA)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
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Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, Verses 42-47
1. How could the early Christians “sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s needs”? Could you go this far with the “selling and dividing”?
2. Can you describe this early Christian community in a short sentence? Are there other groups that fit this description? How is your faith strengthened by the faith of others? Why did they “eat their meals with exultation”?
Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1. The Psalm says God's love is everlasting and that His mercy endures forever. Do you feel that you have received God's mercy even though you may not have been worthy? What changes in your life have taken place as you have received God's love?
2) Have you ever felt as though you were 'hard pressed and falling' as the Psalm says? Can you recall a time in your life when God helped you to regain your strength and courage? Did you then feel like making a 'joyful shout of victory?'
First Letter of St. Peter, Chapter 1, Verses 3-9
1. “You may have to suffer through various trials.” Are troubles beneficial? Does “letting go” free you in any way? What do you call it when you believe even though you can’t see?
2 Hans Urs von Balthasar says this: “We are not the ones who grasp Christ and anchor ourselves to him, rather, Christ has caught up with us and grasped us.” Which “grasping” makes you feel more secure? How does Balthasar’s sentences apply to this particular reading?
According to John, Chapter 20, Verses 19-31
1. No doors can be locked tight enough to keep Christ out. Explain. Do you have “locked doors”? If sin is what separates God from the world and people from one another, what do you do about your own sins? Is peace connected with forgiveness of sins?
2. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Which do you think is stronger, belief or seeing? Do you need help believing, as Thomas did? What reason does John give us for his telling us this story?
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Please share your reflections on the above Sunday Readings. May we be blessed by God's words as reflected in your thoughts and experience-sharing.