"And the two shall become one flesh."
In today’s Gospel we are presented with Jesus’ teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. To many people today this teaching might seem overly strict or out of harmony with the modern reality of frequent marriage breakdown.
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 7, 2012 (27B)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
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Prayer of the Hours
BQ: Is Divorce a sin according to the Catholic Church?
Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.
1. Adam, one of us, gave each creature its name. Have we cared for the planet and all the life on it? What about environmental problems on the earth? Discuss what you can do in your home or place of work to make changes for the better.
2. Do you think the culture from which this story comes values women the same as men? Why or why not? What would you say to a person who thinks the superiority of men over women is divinely revealed in this text? What would you do if the women and men in your work place were not treated as equals?
Psalm 128: 1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
1. Our psalmist speaks of the benefits of a right relationship with the Lord. Tell of how fearing the Lord has led you to have a better relationshipwith your spouse and your family members.
2. The Psalm asks, "May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives."Recall how you have been blessed by God, both physically and spiritually, and how you have been inspired to walk in His ways.
1. What ideas do you get when you tie the first line of the first reading, “The Lord God said: ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.’ with the first line from the second reading, “He ‘for a little while’ was made ‘lower than the angels.’ ” (For the little while he was with us.)
2. Jesus consecrated himself to his Father and us along with him. He called us sisters and brothers. How does this impact reverence toward our brothers and sisters? Do you treat the bag lady with the same respect that you treat the CEO?
Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12
1. The Pharisees tried to trick Jesus with their question about divorce. He answered with a question about what Moses allowed. In the light of human weakness do you think concessions like annulments are necessary?
2. All deep bonds with others have a profound effect on our lives. What kinds of things bring people together in the first place? What can you do you to hold those bonds intact? On a scale of 1 to 10, where would you rank communication as a help to hold the bonds intact?
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