"Let the one among you who is without sin"
Can you imagine how that woman felt in Sunday's Gospel. She was the one who was dragged before Jesus. She was caught breaking the sixth commandment. Yes, she was just a pawn in the diabolical determination of the scribes and Pharisees to discredit Jesus.
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Fifth Sunday in Lent, Mar. 17, 2013 (5LentC)
From the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
Podcast of the Readings
Video of Reflections on Readings
Lecturas y Comentarios
New American Bible
Prayer of the Hours
BQ: What influence does the Pope have on your life?
Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.
1. Did God take care of the needs of the Israelites at different times on their journey? Or did God say, "See you. You're on your own now," once he got them out of Egypt. Does your answer have meaning for you?
2. God said, "Remember not the things of the past, the things of longs ago, consider not; see, I am doing something new!" What was the "something new" God was talking about? What is the "something new" God gives to us in our day? What does God give to you in your own life?
Psalm 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
1. Our psalmist speaks of the the Jewish captives being set free and brought back from Babylon. Tell of your own liberation this Lenten season from being captive to sin.
2. The psalm contains a message of hope for us all -- that we shall reap joyfully in the days ahead. Share how you expect to be raised up with the Lord as we approach our Easter celebration.
1. Comparatively speaking, what are all your other possessions worth, compared to Christ? How far are you willing to "accept the loss of all things" in order to gain Christ? What helps you accept your own cross?
2. St. Paul says in this reading that he was "forgetting what lies behind." So do you forget what lies behind? Or do you drive down a highway, so to speak, constantly looking in your rearview mirror? Do you "strain forward to see what lies ahead?" What happens to "now" if you are always looking forward or backwards?
1. What do you think Jesus was writing on the ground with his finger? Why did the people drop their stones and walk away?
2. What do you think the woman felt when Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go and from now on do not sin any more?" What do you think Jesus thought about law's stoning dictate? What would he think of torturing prisoners?
Sunday Bible Study Group
Please share your thoughts on these Sunday Readings. And please do use these questions for your own Bible study sessions with family and friends.