Discussion Questions

First Reading
Jeremiah 20:10-13

F1. Suffering can lead to resentment, bitterness and anger. Who do you think enabled Jeremiah to endure his suffering but also get beyond all the negative emotions that came with it?

F2. How can trust help you handle a situation when you are surrounded by “terror on every side”? How can you build this trust? Should you wait for “terror” to arrive before you start trusting? 

Second Reading
Romans 5:12-15

S1. Paul tells us in the Second Reading that “the gift is not like the transgression.” According to Pope Francis, does God’s mercy wipe out or destroy sin and go far beyond the forgiveness that we need?

After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love (cf. Eph 1:4), choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer. When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive.

Pope Francis: Declaration of the Jubilee of Mercy, paragraph 3,
April 11, 2015

S2. Discuss the fact that proclaiming the gospel brings some suffering with it. If you let your sufferings be absorbed into Christ do you think they also acquire saving significance for the community or for those you love?

Matthew 10:26-33

G1.  If Christ says to “speak in the light” that which he has said in darkness, is that speaking meant to dispel the darkness? What statements in this reading show that Jesus wants to establish a dynamic reality? Can you “proclaim”the Good News today “from the housetops”? What does that mean?

G2. Why is there risk involved in proclaiming the Word? How many times does Jesus tell you not to fear in this reading? What does he say about the hairs on your head that reinforce the “no fear” concept?

Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson