Discussion Questions

First Reading
Exodus 20:1-17

F1. If there were ten commandments, why would Jesus say that there were only two? Why is love—love God and love your neighbor—the basis of all the others?

F2. Why do you think the Ten Commandments have survived all the way from the time of Moses? Is there more in each one than we ordinarily see? For instance, could respect for life could be extrapolated from “Thou shalt not kill.” Try some others.

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 1:22-25

S1. After Jesus drives out the money changers in the Gospel, the people ask: “What sign can you show us for doing this?” What did Paul proclaim as the sign and the wisdom for those who are called? Without faith would you recognize a vulnerable, rejected Christ as the wisdom of God?

S2. To what do the “foolishness” and “weakness” of God refer? St. Paul says the Jews had a problem accepting Christ crucified. What about you: how do you accept him? And what about the crosses in your own life? Are they “stumbling blocks” or stepping stones for you?

John 2:13-25

G1. Jesus drove the salespeople out of the temple. Why? And, if you are a temple too, “a temple of the Holy Spirit,” what are the implications for you? Is there anything that needs to be shown the exit, or “driven out”?

G2. How does Pope Francis say Jesus cleanses our temples? With whips or caresses?

Ask the Lord that, as he went to cleanse the temple, he may come to cleanse your soul. We imagine that he comes with a whip of cords. ... No, he doesn’t cleanse the soul with that! Do you know what kind of whip Jesus uses to cleanse our soul? Mercy. Open your heart to Jesus’ mercy! Say: “Jesus, look how much filth! Come, cleanse. Cleanse with your mercy, with your tender words, cleanse with your caresses.” If we open our heart to Jesus’ mercy, in order to cleanse our heart, our soul, Jesus will trust Himself to us.

Homily of His Holiness, Pope Francis
Third Sunday of Lent,
8 March 2015

Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson