Acts 13:14, 43-52
1. “Almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.” Does it seem that they like what they heard? What made Paul and Barnabas decide to preach to the Gentiles? Was salvation planned for the Gentiles from the beginning of time or was this a change of plans?
2. Were Paul and Barnabas instruments of salvation? Are you such an instrument in any way? How? What did they do when they met with opposition? Is there any situation where “shaking the dust off your feet in protest” and moving on, might help you?
Revelation 7:9, 14b-17
1. Do you need to hear that “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes,” or are those words for other people?
2. “They will not hunger or thirst anymore.” When you encounter conflict regarding social justice and the people who suffer because of it, what do you do? What would you like to do?
G1. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice.” Do You? Maybe in your heart? Or in homilies, or in the poor, or in people around you? In books, poems, nature? Any of the above? All of the above?
G2. According to Pope Francis, how do we recognize Jesus’ voice among all the other “voices” that we hear?
We can study the whole history of salvation, we can study the whole of Theology, but without the Spirit we cannot understand. It is the Spirit that makes us realize the truth or—in the words of Our Lord—it is the Spirit that makes us know the voice of Jesus. Jesus, the Good Pastor, says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.”
Pope Francis, April 25, 2015
**From Saint Louis University