Discussion Questions

First Reading

Daniel 12: 1-3

F1. “But the wise shall shine brightly … ” Can you think of people you have known or known about who have died and shine brightly for you? If so, which of their qualities would you like to emulate in your life? Did their concern for others start out small and then expand to wider and wider circles?

F2. Name some people who have led “many to justice” and are now “like stars forever.” Since stars are at times used for navigation, how can people like Oscar Romero and Martin Luther King show us the way?
 

Second Reading

Hebrews 10:11-14, 18

S1. Compare and contrast old covenant priests and their repeated sacrifices with Jesus and his one sacrifice? How do the many celebrations of the Eucharist fit into the one-sacrificial event?

S2. Jesus won redemption for us. Does he just hand it to us? What part do we have in it? Does God ask you for sacrifices? How can your sacrifices help anything?

Gospel

Mark 13:24-32

G1. “The Word of God will not pass away.” What do you take along with you when you die? Is there any correlation between love and the Word of God that does not pass away? Is there anything you can you do to stretch your capacity to love?

G2. Until we reach our final destination, full communion with the Lord in the Kingdom of God, what does Pope Francis consider the job of the Church or the People of God while we are here on earth? How are we to be the leaven in humanity?

Being Church means being God’s people, in accordance with the great plan of his fatherly love. This means that we are to be God’s leaven in the midst of humanity. It means proclaiming and bringing God’s salvation into our world, which often goes astray and needs to be encouraged, given hope and strengthened on the way. The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.

Evangelii Gaudium, 114, page 92
 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson