"He will give you another Advocate to be with you always"

This week, the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Readings move us forward in our consideration of the Easter Mystery. We move from the contemplation of Christ's appearances after the resurrection over the last few Sundays to a meditation on the continued presence of Christ in the Church through the Holy Spirit.

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25, 2014 (6EasterA)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.
First Reading
Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 8, Verses 5-8, 14-17

1. In last week’s Gospel we listened to Philip ask for help with his belief. This week he has the city of Samaria high with “great joy.” What do you think caused the change? Why did the crowds “pay attention” to what Philip was saying? What gets your attention in spiritual matters?

2. The Samaritans saw many signs. What are the signs of the presence of God in your life? Do any signs fill you with joy?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 66: 1-7, 16, 20

1. The Psalm says, 'Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.' This is in response to the tremendous deeds of God.' Have you seen the works of God in your life? Explain.

2. Our psalmist says 'Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare what he has done for me.' Have you given witness to what God has done for you? Give an example of how His presence has transformed you. 

Second Reading
First Letter of St. Peter, Chapter 3, Verses 15-18

1. Explain how Christ is a reason for your hope.

2. How does suffering for the sake of truth make us like Christ? How does suffering help us know Christ? What does “suffering for the sake of truth,” mean to you? Give an example of someone who suffers like this today.

According to John, Chapter 14, Verses 15-21

1. Do you think you can understand the mysteries of God and how God works in your life simply by studying or reading or discussing? What else does it take? What/Who enables you to recognize the signs in the First Reading?

2. “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” Explain how and why you think this quotation works. How does love impact knowledge and understanding in any friendship?

Online Sunday Bible Study Group
Please share below your reflections on the Sunday Readings. May we be blessed by God's words as reflected in your thoughts and experience-sharing. 

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont11:15 AM

    The Psalm celebrates the awesome power of God,
    manifest in 'His tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.'
    Our psalmist recalls the dividing of the Red Sea,
    which delivered Israel from the Egyptians,
    through the favor of God.
    That same awesome power that split the Red Sea
    became available to the early apostles of the Church,
    as they went about healing and doing signs and wonders.

    Where does that power come from to heal the lame and
    drive out unclean spirits? It comes from the Holy Spirit,
    who accomplishes in each of us a spiritual resurrection.
    No wonder those early believers were eager to have
    St. Peter and St. John lay hands on them so they could
    receive the Holy Spirit.
    In response, they cry out to God with joy, as our psalmist

    We too cannot help but sing praise to God when
    we feel His presence within us.
    We proclaim His glorious praise, and we on earth worship Him.
    We want all to know what God has done for us,
    as the Psalm says,
    so we 'cry out to God with joy.'