Discussion Questions

First Reading

2 Kings 4:42-44

F1. Elisha knows that twenty loaves won’t be enough to feed the crowd. He has to trust God over his own logic. Is this leap-of-faith kind of trust ever required in your life? Does such trust become easier with practice? Discuss.

F2. Both Elisha and the man from Baal-shalishah had to have faith that a miracle would happen. Do you consider miracles only “something that breaks the laws of nature”? Wouldn't you like to think again? What are some everyday miracles in your life?

Second Reading

Ephesians 4:1-6

S1. Paul reminds the brothers and sisters to “preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit.” What do you do to preserve unity when it seems like unity is going on the rocks? What else could you do?

S2. Which would be better, to preserve the peace by not talking to anyone with whom we disagree, or preserve the unity by staying at the table and talking it out?

Gospel

John 6:1-15

G1. Pope Francis says that the “food was shared fairly … no one was deprived.” What are the implications for us regarding the inequality of resources and starvation all over the world?

Jesus fed the multitude with five loaves and two fish. And the end of this passage is important: “and all ate and were satisfied. And they took up what was left over, twelve baskets of broken pieces (Lk 9:17) and (Jn 6:12). Jesus asked the disciples to ensure that nothing was wasted: nothing thrown out! And there is this fact of 12 baskets: why 12? What does it mean? Twelve is the number of the tribes of Israel, it represents symbolically the whole people. And this tells us that when the food was shared fairly, with solidarity, no one was deprived of what he needed, every community could meet the needs of its poorest members. Human and environmental ecology go hand in hand.

Pope Francis, General Audience
Saint Peter's Square, 
Wednesday, 5 June 2013

G2. What do you think God is more likely to do, miraculously drop food where there is starvation, or inspire people to help their neighbors solve their problems? If the latter, how can you help (through the Holy Spirit) in third world countries, your city, diocese, parish, office, or neighborhood?


Anne Osdieck
 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson