Discussion Questions

First Reading1
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? Do you ask him to let you go back home?

F2. Which does God call to be prophets, the highly educated or the socially elite? What are God’s prerequisites for prophets? What would your issues be if you were called as a prophet today?

Second Reading
Galatians 5:1, 13-18

S1.  “For you were called for freedom.” What is the source of this freedom? Are you working on accepting yours? Is “going out of yourself” a freeing experience? What about the act of loving your neighbor?

S2. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” St. Paul says. Do you love your neighbor? Do you have actual love for yourself? Do you ever find yourself “biting and devouring” yourself and others? Do you think you are ever guided by the Spirit?

Gospel
Luke 9:51-62

G1.  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” from 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

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Kristin Clauson