"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
In the Sunday Gospel according to St. Matthew we encounter Christ in conversation with a lawyer who has asked him a question, not in order to learn, but in a malicious plot to destroy Christ. Out of this evil intent Christ brings forth the beautiful gift of the "greatest commandment"
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct 26, 2014 (30A)
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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
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Book of Exodus, Chapter 22, Verses 20-26
1. God’s love brought the Israelites out of Egypt where they had been aliens. According to this reading, how were they to repay God’s love? How do you repay God’s love for you? How does this First Reading relate to the Gospel reading?
2. Widows, oppressed, the poor, orphans, aliens are all precious to God. Is there anything you could do to make the life of one person in one of these groups better? Discuss.
Psalm 18: 2-4, 47, 51
1. Our psalmist says he is shielded by the Lord, his 'rock of refuge.' In what ways have you been shielded by the Lord and made safe from your spiritual enemies?
2. The Psalm says 'The Lord lives! Explain how you interpret this verse and how the Lord is present to you in your life.
First Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, Chapter 1, Verses 5c-10
1. The Thessalonians heard the word of the Lord and became a model community for all believers. They passed the love of God on to their neighbors. Who would you envision as a “model” in your parish, or your workplace today?
2. Every place the Thessalonians went, the “word of the Lord sounded forth.” How can you yourself “sound forth” (without preaching)?
According to Matthew, Chapter 22, Verses 15-21
1. You were made in God’s image and likeness, and every good thing you have comes from God. What does God ask in return? Whatever our answer, is it always easy? Discuss whether “love your neighbor” includes your arrogant neighbor or just your kind neighbor.
2. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” John Shea explained Jesus’ answer as follows: “He (Jesus) articulates the underlying structure of love that all law and prophecy is built on. Living in relationships of love to God and neighbor is the essence.” Discuss.
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