"We have found the Messiah"

In this Sunday's Readings - Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (2B), January 18, 2015 - John the Baptist looks hard at Jesus and says, ‘Look there is the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples with him immediately follow Jesus. Our Discussion Questions below will guide your Sunday Bible Study with family, friends and church groups.

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions

Second Sunday In Ordinary Time
, Jan. 18, 2015 (2B)
From the
Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

Sunday Mass Readings
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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading
1 Samuel, Chapter 3, Verses 3-10, 19

1. Does God always "call" at the perfect time? Is there confusion sometimes when God calls? It took Samuel three times to get it right; do you always recognize God's call right away? Explain.

2. Samuel was a young boy at the time of this reading. But aren't the most experienced sages always the ones called to do God's work? Which category do you fit into? "Experienced sage"? "Young child"? What is God calling you to do?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10

1. In this beautiful Psalm our psalmist speaks of waiting, waiting for the Lord. Tell what it means to you to have waited for the Lord, and what has been the result of your presenting yourself to the Lord?

2. Our psalmist is delighted to do God's will; he says to God, "your law is within my heart!" Have you also felt the Lord's pleasure when you obey him and serve him? What does it mean to you to say God's law is within my heart?

Second Reading
1 Corinthians, Chapter 6, Verses 13-15, 17-20

1. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you?" How is your awareness of the Holy Spirit within you? Does it help you show reverence for all the people in your life?

2. Do you call on the Holy Spirit for guidance? Do you get it? Explain. Do you receive some peace along with the guidance? Does the Holy Spirit enjoy, indeed, wait to be called upon for help?

John, Chapter 1, Verses 35-42

1. Jesus asked, "What are you looking for"? What do you think he meant? How would you answer that question?

2. The second loaded question, "Where are you staying," could be restated, "Where can we spend time with you?" Do you spend time in the presence of God? Did the disciples find what they were looking for when they spent time with Jesus? What was that? Will it work for you?

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

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont4:15 PM

    This Psalm is a prayer of gratitude
    and of obedience to the Lord.
    Our psalmist David answered God’s call
    when he said, “Here I am,”
    in much the same way as does young Samuel
    in our first reading.
    Samuel waited expectantly
    for the Lord to speak to him –
    he was ‘all ears’
    when he heard the Lord’s voice,
    and he grew up serving the Lord
    and following God.

    Our psalmist says,
    “He put a new song into my mouth.”
    For us too it is no longer the same old tune
    or the same old we. We are in fact
    a new creation, singing out the good news.
    Where does our joyful spirit come from?
    It comes from the Lord, and we are called
    to share what he has given us and to do
    his will, which is our delight.

    In the Gospel reading
    Andrew recognizes Jesus as the anointed
    and is drawn to him.
    Andrew and his brother Simon
    truly become members of Christ.
    They are joined to the Lord
    and have become one spirit with him,
    as St. Paul proclaims in our 2nd reading.

    We too are called to follow Christ
    and to do his will.
    Obedience isn’t an unpleasant chore for us;
    instead as the Psalm tells us,
    “To do your will is my delight.”