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Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Second Sunday in Lent, Feb. 24, 2013 (2LentC)
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Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
1. In Genesis 15:5 God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. It is to this promise that Abraham clings as he raises the knife to kill his son. Where do you fall on the continuum, with 1 being low and 10 high, when blind trust is required of you?
2. Is Abraham willing to offer the one he loves most because God asked it? Is God the Father willing to let the one he loves most die to show how far he will go for humankind? In the end is Isaac willing to be sacrificed? Is Jesus willing to give his life (in union with the Father’s willingness to give everything, even his son) to show how much God loves humankind?
Psalm 27: 1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14
1. Our psalmist seeks God's face. Does your heart seek a right relationship with the Lord? Speak of how you are drawn to the Lord and how He makes himself accessible to you.
2. The season of Lent can be a time of transformation for us. But we cannot change our hearts by ourselves; we all need the Lord's help, as does our psalmist, 'You are my helper; cast me not off.' Tell of how you are becoming a better person with the help of the Lord.
Philippians 3:17–4:1 or 3:20–4:1
1. The Old Testament describes “Emanuel” as God with us. This reading says God is not only with us, but: “for us. Christ … indeed intercedes for us.” Explain how this statement could be a real anti-depression agent.
2. How does being “for” someone and interceding for him/her relate to “love your neighbor?”
1. It took a blinding light for Peter, James and John to begin to see or understand who Jesus was. Think of some times that you have seen the divine in the ordinary. Share your experiences with others. Think of some areas in your country, Church or life that need to be reconfigured before you would be able to see much of the divine in them. Explain.
2. Why do you think Elijah and Moses were part of this scene?
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