"For this purpose have I come."

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time
, Feb. 5, 2012 (5B)
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

Job, Chapter 7, Verses 1-4, 6-7

1. Do you feel like Job sometimes? Do you understand the purpose of suffering? Give some reasons why you think God allows suffering. Can you still have faith in God even if you don't understand why God allows people to suffer?

2. Could God have redeemed the world by saying a word, breathing on it, or sending his Son merely to be with us? Why do you think God chose a suffering Messiah to redeem humankind?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 147: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6

1. Our Psalm response this Sunday is, 'Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.' Explain how the verses of the Psalm give you hope that the Lord will 'bind up your wounds.'

2. Our psalmist says that the Lord 'calls each of the stars by name.' Does this verse give you comfort that our Creator also knows your name and seeks you out despite the infinite size of the universe? What does this verse mean to you?

Second Reading
1Corinthians, Chapter 9, Verses 16-19, 22-23

1. What drove Paul to the point that he would do anything for the sake of the Gospel?
What passion drives you to do the things that you do?

2. St. Paul said, “I have made myself a slave to all….To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some.” Explain what Paul meant by these words. How far would you go to become a “slave.., servant… or become whatever people need” in order to bring the good news to them? What might you have to sacrifice to do that?

Mark, Chapter 1, Verses 29-39

1. Do you think this Gospel text was written to tell people about Jesus, the miracle worker? Could the miracles be a confirmation of Jesus’ message of salvation? What did he say was the “purpose for which he came”?

2. Jesus as a person used every bit of energy he possessed to carry out his mission. Find examples in this Gospel for this reality. How does “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed” fit in with his tireless effort to carry out his ministry? How close are you to Jesus in using all your energy for some purpose? What is that purpose?

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 Lamont9:36 AM

    The Psalm says that the Lord “rebuilds Jerusalem”
    and “heals the brokenhearted, binds up our wounds.”
    There is comfort in these words for all of us.
    The Psalm points to the healing power of Jesus,
    our Lord and Savior,
    which is displayed in this week’s Gospel.

    We too can be rebuilt from the inside out
    by the promise of salvation.
    It is surely by the grace of God
    that we are made well.
    It is God's grace
    that drives the demons out of us;
    there is no room in our hearts
    for both the holy Spirit and the demons.
    We get his grace from the sacrament of reconciliation.
    We are empowered by the sacraments
    to bear good fruit.

    “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power.”
    There is even hope for Job in his drudgery
    that we read about in our 1st reading.
    Like Job we may be poor in spirit,
    but it is at our moment of greatest weakness
    that the Lord will call us by name –
    “He numbers all the stars , calls each of them by name.”

    Having put our trust in the Lord, he will sustain us,
    “The Lord sustains the lowly.”
    Once we realize that the Lord takes pleasure
    in the lowly (for we are his sheep),
    then as St. Paul says in our 2nd reading,
    we can not help but praise God,
    preach the Gospel ,and boast in our faith.
    The Psalmist says it well –
    “How good to celebrate our God in song;
    how sweet to give fitting praise.”