Discussion Questions

First Reading
Acts 1:1-11 (Ascension Sunday)

F1. What does “witness to the ends of the earth” means to you. What kind of “witnesses” do you like to think about (saints, declared or undeclared)? Do you yourself “witness” in any way?

Acts 7:55-60 (7th Sunday of Easter)

F2. What are the parallels between Stephen and Jesus? What made Stephen able to witness with his blood? Have you ever received a grace to do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do? Discuss times when you have seen this kind of thing happen.

Second Reading
Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23 (Ascension Sunday)

S1. We do not yet experience completely Christ’s coming, even though he is there in sacrament and word. Think of some times or instances in your life where an appropriate plea to God would be, “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 (7th Sunday of Easter)

S2. How does Christ’s sacrifice differ from “the high priest’s, who enters the sanctuary each year with blood that is not his own”? How “absolute” is your trust in Jesus?

Luke 24:46-53 (Ascension Sunday)

G1. What was the Father’s promise that Jesus spoke of? Who brings Jesus’ message and mission to completion in us and in the world? Do you listen for the Spirit’s message to you personally?

John 17:27-36 (7th Sunday of Easter)

G2. In a homily, Pope Francis states that “Jesus prayed saying: ‘Holy Father, I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one.’ What is the price Jesus paid for our unity? Why such a high price? Is it a challenge? Why is that? Does unity come with grace?

There is no such thing as a Church built with glue: the Church is made one by the Spirit. Thus, we have to make room for the Spirit to transform us, as the Father is in the Son, one single thing. …

Jesus prays, he prays for me, he prayed and prays for me still. He prays with his wounds, before the Father.” He does this so we may all be one, as he is with the Father, in unity. This should spur us not to judge, not to do things that work against unity and to follow Jesus’ advice to abide in Him in this life so that we may abide with Him in eternity.

Unity doesn't come from glue
Homily at Mass Thursday morning
in the chapel of the Santa Marta guesthouse.
May 21, 2015

Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson