"They have taken the Lord from the tomb"

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Easter Sunday
, Apr. 8, 2012 (EasterB)
From the
Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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First Reading
Acts 10: 34, 37-43

1. What is the significance of the word “witness,” in this reading, which Peter uses three times both as a noun (meaning “observer”) and a verb (meaning “corroborate,” “testify”)?

2. What are some of the ways you can bear witness in your life? Should you witness with more than words?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23

1. Our Response is, "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad." On this Easter Sunday, explain what is the basis of your joy and gladness and how your life is affected by our exalted Savior.

2. Our Lord, rejected by the 'builders' of his time, has become the 'cornerstone' of our lives. What does it mean to you to build your faith on the resurrection of Jesus?

Second Reading
Colossians 3: 1-4

1. “Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above.” Paul tells us what is “above” later in chapter 3 of Colossians. He says that we should put on heartfelt compassion. What does compassion look like in your immediate world and in the larger one?

2. Paul asks us to “Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” Name all the qualities that you think should be on that list. Which of those do you “seek” most?

Jn 20:1-9

1. “Who was the first one to come to the tomb early in the morning? Were the women who were with Jesus at the end ever governed by fear? Explain. Compare and contrast their behavior with some of Jesus’ other disciples’ actions. Looking at all the disciples during Jesus’ last hours, whose behavior would you like to emulate?

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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. 

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont2:24 PM

    This is an Easter song that marks
    the procession of the pilgrims going up
    to Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles.
    The Psalm begins with a call to praise
    that starts the procession.
    “Give thanks to the Lord …
    whose love endures forever.”
    The procession sings a hymn
    of thanksgiving along the way.

    Israel is continuously put to the test,
    humbled and then delivered.
    In so doing Israel discovers its calling
    to be a people of God
    and to bear witness to the nations.

    Jesus makes this calling his own,
    and in the Psalm we read in advance
    of the mystery of Christ,
    who is rejected and then exalted,
    and who becomes the foundation stone
    of the new People of God --
    “I shall not die, but live.
    And declare the works of the Lord.”

    As the psalmist says, “The right hand
    of the Lord has struck with power;
    the right hand of the Lord is exalted.”
    Our days of mocking our Savior are over;
    we no longer hurl insults at him.
    “The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.”
    Our savior has risen.
    “By the Lord has this been done;
    It is wonderful in our eyes.”