"If you wish, you can make me clean."

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time
, Feb. 12, 2012 (6B)
From the
Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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BQ: Can we who are sinful be part of Jesus’ mission?

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

First Reading

Leviticus, Chapter 13, Verses 1-2, 44-46

1. Compare and contrast the way lepers were treated in the Old Testament (First Reading) with the way Jesus treated them.

2. How would you feel if because of some ritual, you were made to tear your clothes, be excluded, made to live apart from those you love and forced to announce your presence by shouting, “Unclean”? Discuss rules, regulations or rituals that could be improved by taking people’s feelings into consideration.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 32: 1-2, 5, 11

1. This Sunday's Psalm Response is, "I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation." Tell of a 'time of trouble' in your life when you turned to the Lord, confessed your faults, and were filled with the 'joy of salvation.'

2. Our psalmist is grateful for God's gift of forgiveness; having confessed his sin before God, he is a new creation thanks to the grace of God. Give an example of how your anxiety over your sin ceases when you bow down and confess your faults to the Lord.

Second Reading
1 Corinthians, Chapter 10, Verse 31, Chapter 11, Verse 1

1. St. Paul says, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” What is the “whatever you do” in your case? During which of your day’s activities is it easy for you to remember the presence of God? Which are hard?

2. "Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." On his own, could Paul take away people's sins? Could he reach out to people and heal them spiritually through the power of Jesus? What can you do through the power of Jesus?

Mark, Chapter 1, Verses 40-45

1. Using Jesus’ healing of the leper as an example, describe the new world order that he was trying to establish. The old laws were written on stone—where do you think Jesus’ new laws are written?

2. "Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, 'I do will it. Be made clean.' " If you come to Jesus with a problem, do you think he will be moved with pity and touch you in some healing way? Have you been healed in any way? Can you help heal those who are ailing around you? How can your scars help in healing others?

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 Lamont9:07 AM

    This Psalm is one of David’s penitential psalms.
    David sings out about the heaviness of his sin,
    that weighs upon him so long as he keeps silent.
    The Psalmist’s sins were hidden in his heart.
    Then when he declares his sin, and confesses his faults,
    his burden is lifted and his guilt is taken away.

    David’s sins may not have been so obvious
    as the sores on the lepers described in this
    Sunday's lst reading from Leviticus.
    But like those same lepers,
    David was compelled to cry out “unclean, unclean”
    and to seek God’s forgiveness in order to be healed.
    Just as David threw himself on the mercy of the Lord,
    so did the leper in today's Gospel who knelt before Jesus
    and moved the Lord to pity.

    The leper in the Gospel was shouting for joy
    after he was made clean.
    The same thing can happen to us
    when we receive the sacrament of confession
    and we are made clean inside.
    We may not be joyful for the same reasons as the leper,
    but as Jesus says, it is what is inside our hearts
    that needs to be purified.
    And having been cleansed from within,
    we really have something to be joyful about.

    We are all pitiful in the sight of Christ,
    but once on our knees,
    having confessed and repented of our sins,
    there is hope for us sinners whose sin is forgiven.
    As it says in the Psalm,
    “Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
    whose sin is covered.”

    We all need a spiritual cleansing from time to time
    if we are to obtain a pure heart.
    They say confession is good for the soul
    and from what we know from the Psalm,
    confessing our faults will lead us
    to be glad in the Lord and rejoice.