F1. Discuss the effectiveness of the apostles’ missionary efforts in the light of ”Power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9-10, 13:14) Do you want Christ to use you on behalf of others? What are the implications?
F2. The last line of Sunday’s First Reading is “They were all cured.” What are some signs and wonders of God’s healing love that you see today?
Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19
S1. Once, when John the Evangelist is “caught up in spirit,” Christ, touches him and speaks to him. Are there others in history, “suffering for their faith,” who have received clear understanding and revelations? Can good things come from suffering?
S2. In this reading, John says he fell down “as though dead.” Christ, “who once was dead but now is alive,” touched him and raised him up. Does this vision give you strength to do good things? Are you part of what, in Christ’s words, “will happen afterwards?”
G1. Why do you think Jesus breathed on the disciples when he gave them the Holy Spirit? “The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life … ” (Genesis 2:7). What effect did this gift have on the disciples’ fear? How about your fear, in various aspects of your life? What do forgiveness of sin and resurrection have in common?
G2. Pope Francis says we can find the wounds of Jesus today. How?
How can I find the wounds of Jesus today? I cannot see them as Thomas saw them. I find them in doing works of mercy, in giving to the body—to the body and to the soul, but I stress the body—of your injured brethren, for they are hungry, thirsty, naked, humiliated, slaves, in prison, in hospital. These are the wounds of Jesus in our day.
Pope Francis, Touching the wounds of Jesus, July 3, 2013
**From Saint Louis University