Discussion Questions

First Reading
Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9

1. God has shown himself to us through the ages, especially through Jesus. Besides his name, what did God reveal about himself to Moses on Mount Sinai? What was Moses’ response to this revelation? How do you respond when God’s love is with you?

2. Moses said to God,

If I find favor with you, O Lord, do come along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own.

The reading says that God forgives us when we are stiff-necked [ = haughty and stubborn]. Do you forgive others when they are that way? What could happen to family squabbles, disputes at work, wars between countries, if forgiveness were introduced into the discussion/argument?

Second Reading
2 Corinthians 13:11-13

1. What do you know about the Trinity from the last lines of this reading: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” God’s nature is love, and he has invited us to come along in his company. What are the implications for our communities?

2. We can all agree with and/or encourage each other in order to live in peace. How important is this to you? Do you encourage others? Is Paul talking about agreeing on everything or only on matters of faith?

Gospel
John 3:16-18

1. What did the Father do that tells us that he “so loved the world”? What did the Son do? What is your response to God’s immense love for the world and for you personally?

2. According to Pope Francis, how did God reveal himself as the Trinity?

Let us recognize that God is not something vague, our God is not a God “spray,” he is tangible; he is not abstract but has a name: “God is love.” His is not a sentimental, emotional kind of love but the love of the Father who is the origin of all life, the love of the Son who dies on the Cross and is raised, the love of the Spirit who renews human beings and the world. … The Most Holy Trinity is not the product of human reasoning but the face with which God actually revealed himself, … walking with humanity … with his people in the history of the people of Israel and Jesus has always walked with us and promised us the Holy Spirit who is fire, who teaches us everything we do not know and from within us guides us, gives us good ideas and good inspirations.

Pope Francis, Angelus, May 26, 2013

Anne Osdieck
 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson