"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"

We need to calm down and receive peacefully this body and blood of Christ into our own fleshly selves. That way we can allow our realest hunger and thirst at Sunday Mass—not instead of the other needs, but undergirding them.

Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 19, 2012 (20B)
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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading
Proverbs 9:1-6

1. What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Do you employ sensitivity and intuition along with knowledge when handling a difficult situation?

2. This reading talks about a meal that brings us to the fullness of life. Our food becomes part of us and helps us grow and repair our cells. What are the implications for wisdom and the Eucharist?

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 34: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7

1. The Psalm reminds us of the power of the Eucharist. We must taste the goodness of the Lord if we want to be delivered from all our fears. Speak of how the Eucharist raises you up physically and spiritually.

2. Our psalmist encourages us to 'glorify the Lord' and to 'let our soul glory in the Lord.' Explain how your faith has enabled you to draw closer to God by being filled with the Spirit.

Second Reading
Ephesians 5:15-20

1. “Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” What are some ways you can show love in your daily life other than greeting your unsuspecting neighbors with songs?

2. The reading tells us to give thanks always and everywhere. If giving thanks for painful situations is too difficult, what might be some other ways to handle them?

John 6:51-58

1. When people love each other they want to be together. Explain “Whoever eats my flesh remains in me and I in him.” in this light. Stating it many different ways, how many times did Jesus suggest that the crowd to do this in Sunday’s Gospel?

2. When we eat his body and drink his blood we all come together and remain in the same Jesus. Discuss this statement from the theologian, Catherine LaCugna, in God for Us:

“God lives as the mystery of love. Human beings are created in the image of this God. Therefore, a life of integrity is impossible unless we also enter into the dynamic of love and communion with others.”

Sunday Bible Study Group

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

1 comment:

  1. Barry Lamont10:34 PM

    “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”

    We visit this encouraging psalm
    again this Sunday perhaps because
    the Lord wants us to participate fully
    in the Eucharist and we need to
    hear it again. Why are the same verses
    repeated? Perhaps because they reinforce
    so well the powerful message of the Gospel,
    in which Jesus tells us that if we are
    to be raised up with Him, we must eat
    of His flesh and drink of His blood.
    Perhaps because we struggle with
    what Jesus says, as the Jews did at the time.
    We are told that even the disciples
    had difficulty accepting Jesus' words.

    The message is simple, as our psalmist
    reminds us – we must taste the goodness
    of the Lord if we are to truly allow our soul
    to glory in the Lord. Wisdom invites us too
    to obtain life by eating of her food in our 1st reading.
    And St. Paul (2nd reading) cautions us
    not to get drunk on wine, but be filled
    with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms.

    We are to feed on Jesus if we are to have life;
    if we eat His flesh and drink His blood,
    we will live forever. It is His humanity
    that enables us to eat of His flesh and His blood.
    And it is by the grace of God that we are thus
    able to obtain a share in His divinity.
    This is far more that our ancestors' manna.
    This is truly the bread of life.

    By sharing in His body and blood,
    we glorify the Lord, and as our psalmist says,
    we become 'radiant with joy.'
    Our faces no longer blush with shame;
    we are a new creation. The Lord is among us.
    We remain in Him and He remains in us.