Discussion Questions

First Reading
1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21

F1. What was Elisha doing when he was called? Can you think of other bible stories where God called people from their jobs? Does God call you to make changes in your everyday life?

F2. Were the people whom God called to be prophets highly educated or socially elite? If not, what are God’s prerequisites for prophets? What would your issues be if you were a prophet today?

Second Reading
Galatians 5:1, 13-18

S1. “For you were called for freedom.” What is the source of this freedom? Below the Pope talks about “going out of yourself.” Is this a freeing experience? What about the act of loving your neighbor?

S2. “Do you find yourself “biting and devouring” yourself or others? “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” St. Paul says. Do you have actual love for yourself? Do you love your neighbor? Will the Holy Spirit guide you if you ask?

Gospel
Luke 9:51-62

G1. “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Can you still live comfortably if you want to be like Jesus? How important are material possessions to you? Somewhat important? What do you think Jesus wants from you in this regard?

G2. Was Jesus homeless? What does Pope Francis name below as Jesus’ house? In their total giving, the Pope mentions that both God the Father and Jesus step outside themselves. How does “coming out of ourselves” relate to “loving our neighbor” in the Second Reading?

Jesus lived the daily realities of most ordinary people: … He cried in front of the suffering of Martha and Mary on the death of their brother Lazarus; he called a tax collector to be his disciple and also suffered the betrayal of a friend. In Christ, God has given us the assurance that he is with us, in our midst. “Foxes,” Jesus said, “have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest His head” (Mt 8:20). Jesus did not have a home because his house is the people—that is, us; his mission is to open all God’s doors, to be the loving presence of God. … He gives himself totally.

What does this mean for us? … following Jesus means learning how to come out of ourselves—to reach out to others, ... to go to the outskirts of existence. …

Remember well: stepping outside of ourselves, like Jesus, like God has stepped outside of himself in Jesus and Jesus stepped outside of himself for all of us.

Pope Francis, “Step Outside Yourself and Bring Faith to Others,”
General Audience 3/ 27/2013


Anne Osdieck

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson