Discussion Questions

First Reading
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

F1.  How might powerful, political countries define “service,” “ransom,” and “bloodshed”? Compare and contrast these with Jesus’ kingdom. List objectives of each.

F2. What things have power over you in your life? Would you like to see them lose some of their hold?

Second Reading2
Peter 1:16-19

S1. Peter’s letter suggests that his readers will “do well to be attentive to” the “prophetic message” that he, James and John received at the transfiguration. Were these three disciples able to be attentive and to listen when they were receiving that message?

S2. What are some of the “dark places” that could use “a lamp shining … until day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart”? (Examples: immigration, water supply, environmental safety, political fairness, threats of nuclear weapons, homelessness, health care … ).

Gospel
Matthew 17:1-9

G1.   In the Transfiguration the disciples were invited to behold Jesus in his glory—to stop talking and listen to him. Do you ever ask yourself when you saw or heard Jesus during the day?

G2. In his Lenten discussion of the Transfiguration, what was a main way Pope Francis suggested for us to “listen to Jesus”?

God the Father says it to everyone: to me, to you, to everyone, all people! … “Listen to Jesus”! Don’t forget.

But also let us listen to Jesus in his written word, in the gospel. I pose a question to you: do you read a passage of the gospel everyday? Yes, no … yes, no … half of the time … some yes, some no. It is important! Do you read the gospel? It is so good; it is a good thing to have a small book of the gospel, a little one, and to carry in our pocket or in our purse and read a little passage in whatever moment presents itself during the day. In any given moment of the day I take the gospel from my pocket and I read something, a short passage. Jesus is there and he speaks to us in the gospel! Ponder this.

Pope Francis: The Angeles, March 16, 2014

Anne Osdieck
 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson