"Be vigilant at all times"
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2, 2012 (1AdvC)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
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Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
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1. Advent is a process of looking back at Christ’s birth and the inauguration of his kingdom on earth and looking forward to it fulfillment. What does Advent awaken in you? Does anything in your daily life interfere with your Advent spiritual preparation?
2. In this reading Jeremiah reminds people of the Lord’s promise to them. How does that promise relate to hope? Why is Advent called the season of hope? Why is hope vital to your life? What would your life be like without hope? What can you do to bring hope to people you know?
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14
1. Our Psalm response this Sunday is, 'To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.' As we begin the season of Advent, speak of how you are raised up spiritually by the coming arrival of our Lord.
2. Our psalmist petitions the Lord to make known His ways and teach us His paths. Tell of how you have been shown direction by the Lord along the path of life.
1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
1. St. Paul says that the same Jesus who lived and died and rose from the dead is present and active among us now making us increase (in numbers) and abound in love for one another and for all. How do you think “increasing in numbers” correlates with “abounding in love for one another and for all”?
2. St. Paul said he “abounded in love” for the Thessalonians to strengthen their hearts. Discuss “abounding in love” as an effective method of strengthening hearts or eliciting change of any kind. Do you think great change or growth ever happens without immense love?
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
1. Could much of this Gospel have been written today (roaring sea, drowsy hearts, dying of fright, anxieties, carousing, tribulations)? Jesus tells us to pray for strength. Do you believe that if you ask for strength you will receive it? Could God send it through other people? Could you be a source of strength for others?
3. Jesus is God’s Last Word to us (Christ’s Incarnation). Discuss this idea.
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