"They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord."

Here are Discussion Questions for this Sunday's Readings, Dec. 28, 2014, where the story of the presentation of the child Jesus at the temple in accordance with Jewish tradition is described in detail.
Discussion Questions for Sunday's Readings


Questions on Sunday's Readings for use by discussion groups,
prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading
Sirach, Chapter 3, Verses 2-6, 12-14 or
Genesis, Chapter 15, Verses:1-6 and Chapter 21, Verses 1-3

1. Why is the honoring of parents inseparable from gratitude towards God? Explain.

2. Why do you think Sirach says that good things happen (prayers heard, sins atoned, long life, made happy by children) to you when you honor your parents?

Second Reading
Colossians, Chapter 3, Verses 12-21 or
Hebrews, Chapter 11, Verses 8, 11-12, 17-19

1. “Over all these put on love.” What is the only thing God asks of us? What happens to people when they are loved? What would the world be like if everyone really loved each other? What kinds of things would disappear off the face of the earth?

2. St. Paul gives some ideas about how we can love each other and live in harmony in Colossians . . . compassion, kindness, humility, patience, bearing with one another, forgiving each other. . . . Is this easy? How are you doing with it in your life?

Luke, Chapter 2, Verses 22-40

1. “–and you yourself a sword will pierce – so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” What does Simeon’s statement to Mary mean to you?

2. “They returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;” Was Jesus somewhat a product of his environment? What do you think life in Nazareth was like?

By Anne Osdieck of the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University

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