"Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."
Sunday Readings' Discussion Questions
Second Sunday of Easter, April 7, 2013 (2EasterC)
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Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 5, Verses 12-16
A large number of people . . . gathered, bringing the sick
and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.
1. What is the connection between all these life-giving miracles and the resurrection? Discuss the apostles’ missionary efforts in the light of “Power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, 13:4). Do you want Christ to use you on behalf of others? If yes, what are the implications?
2. “They were all cured.” What are some signs and wonders of God’s healing love that you see today?
Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
1. Have you ever been 'hard pressed and falling,' as was our psalmist? Describe how the Lord has been your strength and courage in times of trouble.
2. As the Psalm says, 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.' Speak of how our Savior has become the rock you can rely on in your life.
Book of Revelation, Chapter 1, Verses 9-11, 12-13, 17-19
1. Once, when John the Evangelist is “caught up in spirit,” Christ touches him and speaks to him. Are there others in history, “suffering for their faith,” who have received clear understanding and revelations? Can good things come from suffering?
2. John says he fell down “as though dead.” Christ, “who once was dead but now is alive,” touched him and raised him up. Does this vision give you strength to do good things? Are you part of what, in Christ’s words, “will happen afterwards”?
According to John, Chapter 20, Verses 19-31
1. Why do you think Jesus breathed on the disciples when he gave them the Holy Spirit? What effect did this have on the disciples’ fear? How about your fear, and every aspect of your life? What do forgiveness of sin and resurrection have in common?
2. How do you resolve your questions/doubts? What is your attitude toward people who, like Thomas, doubt some truths that you hold dearly? How did Jesus handle Thomas and his doubts?
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