"Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour."

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 6, 2011 (32A)

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First Reading

Book of Wisdom, Chapter 6, Verses 12-16

1. In this reading people are looking for Wisdom at the same time that Wisdom is searching for them. What does your “wanting wisdom” do for your “receiving wisdom”? Explain the following line from the reading: “…whoever watches for her at dawn shall not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate.”

2. Consider and discuss the following statement by theologian and liturgical writer, Aelred Rosser: “Wisdom is that elusive attribute that enables us to see beyond the surface of things into their depths, to see as God sees, and therefore to see God.”

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 63: 2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

1. Our psalmist is thirsting for the Lord. Have you also gone through a time in your life when your soul is 'parched' and 'lifeless.' Describe how the Lord satisfies your spiritual thirst.

2. Our psalmist says he shouts for joy in the 'shadow of God's wings.' What does it mean to you to be in the 'shadow of His wings?'

Second Reading
First Letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians, Chapter 4, Verses 13-18

1. Would you live differently if you thought the “end time” was right around the corner as the Thessalonians did? What would change?

2. Those who are alive will be caught up together with Christ and with those who have died. Does the fact that we are going to be “caught up” as a people or as a community in Christ have any implications for you now?

According to Matthew, Chapter 25, Verses 1-13

1. Jesus’ parable is about being watchful and well prepared. How can you do this yourself? Is the “Be watchful” assignment just for people over a certain age, or people who have gotten bad news from their doctors?

2. When you watch for God in your life do you sometimes “doze off”? What kinds of things cause you to to lose interest or stop “watching”? What exactly are you watching for? How does this reading relate to the First Reading about Wisdom?

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