Discussion Questions

First Reading

Isaiah 35:4-7a

F1. Can it be that healing will abound, and that God will also transform all nature? What lines in the reading might indicate this? It is an ancient promise, but now in a new age. Is this age the coming of Christ? How can you prepare?

F2. Isaiah writes about the hope of deliverance from exile. Do you need to be liberated from suffering sometimes? Does this message of hope speak to you?

Second Reading

James 2:1-5

S1. Do you show partiality? Do you give the same respect to people who have money and prestige as to those who don't? “Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith?”

S2. The disabled receive blessings in the First Reading and the poor are chosen heirs in the Second. Do these readings remind you about the poverty in your life?


Mark 7:31-37

G1. In the Gospel the people relate Jesus’ curing the deaf man to the prophet’s promise in the First Reading (“Then will … the ears of the deaf be cleared; … the tongue of the mute will sing … ”) What does this Gospel miracle say to you about the beginning if the reign of God? What does it say to you about your Christian job of hearing the cries of the poor and speaking out for justice?

G2. How do Pope Francis’ two tweets below relate to this Gospel? Discuss possible actions they might inspire.

“Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves. Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love."

“True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.”

Church Life Journal
November 6, 2013

Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson