Discussion Questions

First Reading
Sirach 27:4-7

F1. Sirach says that just as a tree is known by its fruits people are known by their conduct. Would your vote for politicians be determined by what they say or what they do? Or both?

F2. If you were a judge should you assume the worst or the best about the person judged? Should you test the relationship between your own heart and your words and actions while helping correct the problems of others?

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 15:54-58

S1. Georges Bernanos says in The Diary of a Country Priest, “Grace is everywhere.” What could that statement apply to in the following reading, “When this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality … ”

S2. Just as grace changes the corruptible and the mortal, will it also change death? How? Why does St. Paul say death will lose its sting?

Gospel
Luke 6:39-45

G1. What will help us bear wrongs patiently, according to Pope Francis, when we are surrounded with people who annoy us? And what does he say we should do before counseling others?

Therefore a first question arises spontaneously: do we ever conduct an examination of conscience in order to see if we too, at times, might be annoying to others? It’s easy to point a finger against the faults and shortcomings of others, but we must learn to put ourselves in their shoes. …

Here we can see the reference to two other spiritual works of mercy: that of admonishing sinners and that of instructing the ignorant. …

The need for counseling, admonition and teaching must not make us feel superior to others, but obligates us first and foremost to return to ourselves to verify whether we are coherent with what we ask of others. Let us not forget Jesus’ words: “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Lk 6:41). May the Holy Spirit help us to be patient in bearing [wrongs], and humble and simple in giving counsel.

Pope Francis, General Audience, Nov. 16, 2016

 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson