"Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor."
“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” The young man in this Sunday’s gospel narrative asks Jesus the most important and most fundamental question. Moreover, the young man is open. He sincerely seeks an answer from the Lord. “What must I do?"
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 14, 2012 (28B)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
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Lecturas y Comentarios
New American Bible
Prayer of the Hours
BQ: Does God Want You to be Rich?
Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.
1. Consider power, money, health, beauty and wisdom. Where does wisdom fall in your hierarchy of values? If you rank wisdom first, does it stay there? Which of the other values overpower wisdom most often in your life?
2. A law student decides to work for social justice instead of a wealthy law firm. How do “all good things come together” for him? How are “countless riches” given to him?
Psalm 90: 12-13, 14-15, 16-17
1. The Psalm speaks about using our time wisely. Tell of how you set your priorities so that you are serving God and doing His will.
2. Our psalmist talks of how we may gain 'wisdom of heart.' Give an example of how you are receiving wisdom to discern a correct view of life so that you will not offend the Lord.
1. The Word “discerns reflections and thoughts of the heart.” How do you feel about the Word knowing you better than you know yourself? Do you trust God with such personal things? And would you like to know yourself better?
2. Do motives and attitude color your decision-making? Are your motives and attitudes in good order, or could they use a re-alignment?
Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27
1. Think of people, ones that you know, who give all the time. What are they like? Do they receive the hundredfold Jesus promised to those who give? What happens to you when you give?
2. Are possessions themselves the difficulty, or is clinging to possessions the problem? Can they be a stumbling block to a poor person as well as to a wealthy person? Discuss whether you think possessions could be a stumbling block to the Church itself.
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