Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24
F1. “For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him” (Wisdom 1:14). What in humankind’s nature is made in God’s own image? Is it true of all of humankind or just Christians?
F2. “For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome” (Wisdom 1:14). Do you and I have any responsibility to respect the whole of creation and keep everything fashioned by God wholesome? What can you do to protect our environment?
2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15
S1. To which do you think the many poor people in the world respond better, a wealthy God or a poor God? Explain your answer. With which do you feel more comfortable? Why?
S2. This reading is about sharing your abundance. What do you have that you can share? How much time are you willing to give to someone? Can you share some of your talents? How? How much of your treasure are you willing to share?
Mark 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b-43
G1. The woman with the hemorrhage was shunned. Are there still people today who are shunned because of diseases? What about women in some cultures who are still oppressed? Do children die because of malnutrition and disease in third world countries? What kinds of miracles or what small acts can you perform in Jesus’ name to alleviate the suffering?
G2. Pope Francis mentions the woman with the hemorrhage in his homily about “first encounters” with Jesus. How would you answer the questions he asks you below?
The first encounter with Jesus changes the life of those who meet Him: John and Andrew, who stayed with the Master throughout the night; Simon who immediately became “the rock” of the new community; and then the Samaritan, the leper who returned to thank Jesus for healing him, the sick woman who was healed when she touched Christ’s tunic: these, are decisive encounters that should prompt a Christian to never forget his own first encounter with Christ.
He never forgets, but we forget the encounter with Christ. And this would be a good assignment to do at home, to consider: ‘When have I really felt that the Lord was close to me? When have I felt the need to change my life, or to become better, or to forgive someone?
When have I felt the Lord asking something of me? When have I encountered the Lord?’ Because our faith is an encounter with Jesus. This is the foundation of our faith: I have encountered Jesus, as Saul did.”
Jesus asks us to remember—so ask for the grace to do it
Mass at Casa Marta, April 24, 2015
**From Saint Louis University