Discussion Questions

First Reading

Acts 6:1-7

1. What was the Hellenists’ complaint against the Hebrews? Did the twelve decide to neglect prayer and ministry of the word in order to help them? What do you do when you see neglected people? How did the good works of this community build faith? Does that have an effect today?

2. How did the Church make changes to meet the needs of the times? How important is the ability to make changes? Is anyone you know making changes today, like the leaders in this Reading did, to meet the Church’s needs of our times? Who? How do you feel about it?

Second Reading

Peter 2:4-9

1. St. Peter says that you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own.” Do you therefore “announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light”? Do you do this regularly? Sometimes? With words? With works?

2. How would a “royal priesthood or a holy nation” treat sick people, or migrants fleeing oppressors, or prisoners awaiting execution from bad drugs, or homeless people, and those who can’t find jobs?

Gospel

John 14:1-12

1. The disciples didn’t know where Jesus was going and certainly did not want him to leave. Can you relate to this desire to be with the people you love? How is human love a reflection of divine love or a participation in it?

2. Does Pope Francis’ message about Jesus pitching his tent in our midst help you know The Way? The Truth? How does it help us know the Father?

In him was revealed the grace, the mercy, and the tender love of the Father: Jesus is Love incarnate. He is not simply a teacher of wisdom, he is not an ideal for which we strive while knowing that we are hopelessly distant from it. He is the meaning of life and history, who has pitched his tent in our midst.

… Our Father is patient, he loves us, he gives us Jesus to guide us on the way which leads to the promised land. Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness.

Midnight Mass Homily of Pope Francis, #2, #3
December 24, 2013

Anne Osdieck
 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson