Discussion Questions

First Reading
Job 7:1-4, 6-7

F1. Sometimes, do you feel like Job in this reading? Why you think God allows suffering? Can you have faith in God, even if you don't understand why people suffer?

F2. Could God have redeemed the world by saying a word, or breathing on it, or sending his son merely to be with us? Why do you think God chose a suffering Messiah to redeem humankind?

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23

S1. What drove Paul to the point that he would do anything for the sake of the gospel? What drives you to do the things that you do?

S2. St. Paul said, “I have become all things to all, to save at least some.” Do you think he would agree with Pope Francis’ statement below? Why?

Humility, meekness, becoming all things to everyone and also—but this is not written in the Bible—all of us know that to do these things you have to swallow so many toads [of pride]. … But, we must do it because peace is made like this: with humility, humiliation, searching always to see in the other the image of God. … To humble ourselves, and make bridges, always. Always. And this is what it means to be Christian. … It is not easy. It is not easy, but Jesus did it: he humbled himself until the end, he has shown us the way.”

 Daily Homily, Jan 24th, 2014

Mark 1:21-28

G1. Do you think this text was written to tell people about Jesus the miracle worker? Are miracles a confirmation of Jesus’ message of salvation? What did he say was the “purpose for which he came”?

G2. “Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.” How does this fit with his tireless effort to carry out God’s ministry? How close are you to Jesus in using all your energy for some purpose? What is that purpose?

Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson