F1. Compare and contrast the tree planted beside the water with a barren bush. Do you identity completely with the tree or do you have some of the barren bush in you? Where does choice come into this picture?
F2. Are there any areas of your life in which you place your trust in human beings? Why? In which areas of your life do you place your trust in God?
1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20
S1. Resurrection was a new idea for the early Christians and hard for some to believe. How do you handle new ideas? Is it an automatic rejection, automatic acceptance, or do you collect information and study the ideas carefully?
S2. Do you think every truth was present at the foundation of the Church or do you think some truths evolve with time and circumstances? How does the idea of resurrection impact your life now? What would your life be like now if you had no hope of resurrection?
Luke 6:17, 20-26
G1. Although it is inevitable that disciples suffer, such directives don’t require you to be constantly poor or hungry. Simply realize your need for God, whatever your situation. These demand a choice. Is it a choice you can make once or do you have to make it repeatedly? Discuss.
G2. In his homily for World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis tells us where we can find the poor today. What does he tell us to do to insure our own poverty of spirit?
The cry of the poor: it is the stifled cry of the unborn, of starving children, of young people more used to the explosion of bombs than happy shouts of the playground. It is the cry of the elderly, cast off and abandoned to themselves. It is the cry of all those who face the storms of life without the presence of a friend. It is the cry of all those forced to flee their homes and native land for an uncertain future. It is the cry of entire peoples, deprived even of the great natural resources at their disposal. It is the cry of every Lazarus who weeps while the wealthy few feast on what, in justice, belongs to all. Injustice is the perverse root of poverty. The cry of the poor daily grows louder but is heard less and less. Every day that cry gets louder, but every day heard less, drowned out by the din of the rich few, who grow ever fewer and more rich. …
Stretch out your hand to us, Lord, and take hold of us. Help us to love as you love. Teach us to leave behind all that is passing, to be a source of reassurance to those around us, and to give freely to all those in need.
World Day of the Poor Nov. 18, 2018
**From Saint Louis University