Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct 30, 2011 (31A)

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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

Book of the prophet Malachi, Chapter 1, Verse 14b; Chapter 2, Verses 1-2b, 8-10

1. The priests in this reading neglected their duty and are responsible for the erosion of faith among the people. In general what do you think are some contemporary issues that erode people’s faith? In particular what erodes your faith? What increases your faith?

2. Malachi points out in this reading that the priests were showing partiality and not preaching the Torah with fidelity and good example. What serious responsibilities do privileged positions within a community bring with them?

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 131: 1-3

1. The Psalm says, "In you, Lord, I have found my peace." In what way can you relate to this verse? Explain how you have found peace in the Lord, the peace the world cannot give.

2. As our psalmist says, you must still and quiet your soul if you wish to find peace in the Lord. How do you go about becoming like a weaned child in the presence of the Lord?

Second Reading
First Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, Chapter 2, Verses 7b-9, 13

1. According to this reading explain what makes Paul such an effective minister. In which message are you going to be more interested, one given by someone that cares about you by one who doesn’t know your name?

2. Aelred Rosser says, “He (Paul) has personal integrity and credibility because what he has received as a gift he gives as a gift.” Discuss some characteristics of people you know about whom you can say the same thing.

According to Matthew, Chapter 23, Verses 1-12

1. In Luke 22: 26-27, Jesus says, ”But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest and the leader as one who serves.” Jesus instituted an office of service. “Wide belts,” tassels,” places of honor and titles helped the scribes and Pharisees increase their social status but did they help them serve others better? What does help you serve?

2. Could remembering “You have but one Father in heaven,” help you remain humble? How? In this Gospel what is Jesus’ message for religious leaders that is relevant for all times? What is Jesus’ message for you?

Sunday Bible Study Group

Please comment on the Sunday Readings. May we be blessed by God's words as reflected in your thoughts and experience-sharing. 

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont3:27 PM

    The psalmist writes about his childlike trust in God.
    His soul is stilled, he is “like a weaned child on its mother’s lap.”

    He is so unlike the ones described in Malachi (1st reading),
    who do not listen and are contemptible in the Lord’s eyes.
    Instead, he listens and submits completely to God in all humility.
    His heart is not proud nor are his eyes haughty
    (like the scribes and the Pharisees described by Jesus in the Gospel.)

    Our psalmist does not busy himself with great matters
    or concern himself with things beyond his reach.
    By humbling himself, he will be raised up, as the Gospel promises.

    Our psalmist is in the care of the Lord,
    and he is being cared for as those
    in the Church of the Thessalonians were –
    “as a nursing mother cares for her children” (2nd reading).

    There is a message for us, too, in the final verse –
    we are to hope in the Lord, now and forever.
    That is all we need as believers – the message is simple –
    trust in the Lord like a child and learn to do his will.