Discussion Questions

First Reading

Wisdom 7:7-11

F1.“Yet all good things together came to me in [Wisdom’s] company, and countless riches at her hands.” What are the riches that will come if we employ God’s Wisdom?

F2. Here are remarks of Pope Francis to the United States Congress. Could they be a call to Wisdom? What crises, political, economic or ecological, can you use your courage and intelligence to help solve?

All of us are quite aware of, and deeply worried by, the disturbing social and political situation of the world today. Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of God and of religion. …

Our response must instead be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice. We are asked to summon the courage and the intelligence to resolve today's many geopolitical and economic crises. Even in the developed world, the effects of unjust structures and actions are all too apparent. Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples. We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good…

Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.

Speech to United States Congress,
September 24, 2015
The Pope also mentions Wisdom in his United Nations speech, September 25, 2015

Second Reading

Hebrews 4:12-13

S1. This reading says that “the word of God … is able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” How do you feel about the Word knowing you better than you know yourself? Do you trust God with such personal things? And would you like to know yourself better?

S2. Do motives and attitude color your decision-making? Are your motives and attitudes in good order, or could they use a realignment?


Mark 10:17-30

G1. Think of people you know who continuously give. What are they like? Do they receive the hundredfold Jesus promised to those who follow him? What happens to you when you give of yourself?

G2. Are possessions themselves the difficulty, or is it clinging to them? Or is it the inner drive to own and accumulate that is the problem? Can the unbridled desire to possess be a stumbling block to world peace or ecological sustainability? How?

Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson