Discussion Questions

First Reading
Genesis 3:9-15

F1.  It all started with Adam and Eve and their refusal to do the will of God. Who did Adam blame? Who did Eve blame? Can we ourselves blame them that we are not living in the garden of paradise? 

F2. Adam and Eve sinned and because they had free will. We still sin. There is no garden of Eden anymore but did God the Father give us anything that makes our home on earth a holy place?

Second Reading
2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1

S1.  In this reading Paul says, “As we look not what is seen, but what is unseen.”

• What is seen: Our outer self wasting away; affliction; earthly dwelling; a tent that will be destroyed.

• What is unseen: Grace in abundance; eternal weight of glory beyond comparison; overflowing thanksgiving; inner self renewed day by day; eternal life.

Which is the better place, the seen or the unseen? Can you get to the unseen from the seen?

S2. If Adam is responsible for the “seen” and Christ is responsible for the “unseen,” could Adam’s sin be a “happy fault”? It brought Christ into our world to bring us more of an abundance of grace than we would have had in the garden of Eden.

Mark 3:20-35

G1. Is the doing the will of God always easy? Do you think it was easy for Jesus when he figured out what God was asking him to do? Do you always know what the will of God is in a situation? What helps?

G2. Pope Francis has three suggestions regarding our praying for the will of God. Can you name them?

Do I pray that the Lord gives me the desire to do his will, or do I look for compromises because I’m afraid of God’s will? Another thing: praying to know God’s will for me and my life concerning a decision that I must take. … The way in which we handle things. … there are so many things. Praying for the desire to do God’s will and praying to know God’s will. And when I know God’s will, praying again for the third time, to follow it. To carry out that will, which is not my own, it is his will. And all this is not easy.

Pope Francis on Discernment 
January 27, 2015
Santa Marta

Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson