Discussion Questions

First Reading
Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13

1. Was the faithful “remnant” in this reading practicing the Beatitudes from today’s Gospel (“Seek justice, seek humility”)? These are not easy to acquire, but could there be something innate to human nature that allows us to receive such qualities from God?

2. God promises to leave a humble “remnant” in the people’s midst. One of their rewards was “ ... they shall pasture and couch their flocks with none to disturb them.” Is there always a certain happiness found in the love of God?

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 1:26-31

1. This reading begins with “Consider your calling. … ” How is a “calling” different from a commandment? Are such qualities as “foolish, weak, lowly” commandments or gifts for the heart to be sought and prayed for?

2. How can the “weak of the world shame the strong”? What does this mean to you? Is weakness a top priority for the United States today, or is it strength? Is non-violence a weakness or is it strength?

Gospel
Matthew 5:1-12a

1. Can the Beatitudes become a way of life for you? If one of them becomes important to you, might the others follow?

2. Pope Francis offered us six new Beatitudes. How do these “confront the troubles and anxieties of our own time with the spirit and love of Jesus”?

•Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart.
•Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness. 
•Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover him. 
•Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home. 
•Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
•Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.

All these are messengers of God’s mercy and tenderness, and surely they will receive from him their merited reward.

Holy Mass in Swedbank Stadion, Malmo Switzerland
Nov. 1, 2016

Anne Osdieck
 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson