Discussion Questions

First Reading

Deuteronomy 6: 2-6

F1. Is there any contradiction between the Ten Commandments and the commandment to love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength?

F2. Compare governments and corporations who want all your money with God who wants all your love. What would the world look like if heads of state gave and received real love from everyone?

Second Reading

Hebrews 7:23-28

S1. Explain why Jesus’ sacrifice takes place now and always, as for instance in the Eucharist, as well as throughout history. Compare the love Jesus has for you with the love he had for his disciples.

S2 .How do you feel about someone who “lives forever to make intercession for” you?


Mark 12:28b-34

G1. Is it an easy thing for you or do you need help in loving God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength and neighbor as yourself? From where does Pope Francis say the help comes?

What Jesus proposes in this Gospel passage is a wonderful ideal, which corresponds to our heart’s most authentic desire. Indeed, we were created to love and to be loved. God, who is Love, created us to make us participants in his life, to be loved by him and to love him, and with him to love all other people. This is God’s “dream” for humankind. And to accomplish it we need his grace; we need to receive within us the capacity to love which comes from God himself. Jesus offers himself to us in the Eucharist for this very reason. In it we receive Jesus in the utmost expression of his love, when he offered himself to the Father for our salvation.

Pope Francis, Angelus
October 29, 2017,
paragraph 4

G2. Did Jesus add the words, “And love your neighbor as yourself” to the commandment to love God with our whole heart or was it found throughout the Hebrew culture?

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson