"This I command you: love one another."

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Sixth Sunday of Easter
, May 13, 2012 (Easter5B)
From the
Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

Sunday Mass Readings
Podcast of the Readings 
Video of Reflections on Readings
Lecturas y Comentarios 
New American Bible
Prayer of the Hours
BQ: Who is your neighbor?

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

First Reading
Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48

1. In the First Reading, the Holy Spirit goes beyond the baptized people to the unbaptized. Is grace available to all people? Do you listen to the Holy Spirit on a regular basis, or now and then? How does the Holy Spirit speak to you? What discernment process do you use on the communication between you and the Holy Spirit?

2. Are there some areas that are off limits or do you invite the Holy Spirit into every part of your life?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 98:1,2-3, 3-4

1. Our Psalm Response is, "The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power." How has the Lord shown his saving power to you personally?

2. Our Psalm speaks of singing a new song, of singing joyfully to the Lord,
and we are urged to break into song and sing praise. What is it about your faith and the Easter season that makes you want to sing praise to the Lord?

Second Reading
1 John 4:7-10

1. How was “the love of God revealed to us?” Had Jesus not come into the world, what would you know about God?

2. After Jesus has come, what do you know about God? What was the message God sent through Jesus about God’s own self? What is your response to that message?

John 15:9-17

1. The one thing Jesus asks of us is that we love our neighbor. How would you rate this assignment on a “difficulty” scale from 1-10? Explain. What gift (First Reading) does God give you to help with this assignment?

2. If you remain in Jesus and he remains in the Father, where does that put you? What do you have to do to remain there?

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

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont12:08 PM

    “Break into song, sing praise.”
    The Lord makes all thing new,
    and we are a new creation,
    the work of his hands.
    And so it is right that
    we sing a 'new song' to the Lord,
    who has done marvelous things for us.

    This is a Psalm of joy, originally
    written to celebrate the return
    of Israel from exile.
    Today’s Gospel also speaks of joy --
    our joy in keeping the Fathers’
    commandments and imitating Christ.

    The Psalm says,
    “The Lord has made his salvation known;
    in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.”
    This can be for us about Jesus' victory
    over death and sin, so that we might live.
    And how is salvation obtained;
    how is the victory won?
    It is won by God's holy arm,
    his son, our Savior Jesus Christ.
    Victory is obtainable for us too,
    if we keep the faith, give thanks to God, and praise Him.

    “The Lord has remembered his kindness
    and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel.”
    What greater love can there be
    than the love of the Lord?
    (As put so profoundly in this
    week’s 2nd reading from 1 John 4)

    Our Psalm exclaims,
    “All the ends of the earth
    have seen the salvation of our God.”
    This verse and today's 1st reading
    confirm that the gift of the holy Spirit
    is for us Gentiles too.
    For we are called to be baptized
    in the name of Christ.
    We too are appointed by Him
    to go forth and bear fruit,
    to remain in the love of the Lord,
    and to do his will.