Accountability and Support

“Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Monthly Focus on Nurturing Relationship with Christ

When was I most aware of Christ’s presence in my life during the past 30 days? Why?

Discussion Questions for February 11, 2018 Sunday Mass

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

First Reading

Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,
"If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch
which appears to be the sore of leprosy,
he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest,
or to one of the priests among his descendants.
If the man is leprous and unclean,
the priest shall declare him unclean
by reason of the sore on his head.

"The one who bears the sore of leprosy
shall keep his garments rent and his head bare,
and shall muffle his beard;
he shall cry out, 'Unclean, unclean!'
As long as the sore is on him he shall declare himself unclean,
since he is in fact unclean.
He shall dwell apart, making his abode outside the camp."

First Discussion Questions
F1. Compare and contrast the way lepers were treated in Leviticus (First Reading) with the way Jesus treated them (Gospel).

F2. In these days ritual demanded that if you had the sore of leprosy you had to “tear your clothes, be excluded, live apart from those you loved, and announce your presence by shouting ‘unclean’”? Are some people treated in a similar way today? Give examples

 

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Brothers and sisters,
Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do everything for the glory of God.
Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or
the church of God,
just as I try to please everyone in every way,
not seeking my own benefit but that of the many,
that they may be saved.
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Second Reading Discussion Questions
S1. Paul says, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” In which of your day’s activities is it easy for you to remember the presence of God? Which are hard? Can you gradually allow your actions to allow for God’s will?

S2. In Paul’s time, when Christians sat down to share meals, there were a lot of problems, caused by different religious backgrounds and practices. How does the statement, “do everything for the glory of God,” work for you as a solution when there is a decision about how to act?

Gospel Reading

Mark 1:40-45
A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,
"If you wish, you can make me clean."
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, 
touched him, and said to him, 
"I do will it. Be made clean."
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. 

He said to him, "See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them."

The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

Gospel Reading Discussion Questions
G1.  “Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him and said to him, ‘I do will it. Be made clean.’” If you come to Jesus with a problem, do you think he will be moved with pity and touch you in some healing way? Can you help heal those who are ailing around you? How can your scars help in healing others? 

G2. In his homily at Santa Marta on Jan. 22, 2015, Pope Francis spoke about the many people Jesus had cured, like the leper in today’s Gospel. How are those miracles relevant for you today?

Jesus saves! These healings, these words that reach the heart, are the sign and the beginning of salvation—the path of salvation for many who begin to go to hear Jesus or to ask for a healing and then turn to him and feel salvation.

Jesus has gone to the Father and from there he still intercedes, every day, at all times for us. This is something current: Jesus before the Father, offering his life, the redemption, showing the Father his wounds, the price of salvation. Every day Jesus intercedes.

When we, for one reason or another, feel a little down, let’s remember that it is he who prays for us, intercedes for us continuously

Morning meditation in the chapel of the
Domus Sanctae Martha

**From Saint Louis University & Anne Osdieck

Suggested Strategies for Managing the Clock

  • For those with smaller groups or those who have the luxury of enough allotted time, it is suggested that the group cover each question from the monthly focus through the Gospel discussion questions
  • For those with larger groups or don't have the luxury of operating on God's Time, it is suggested that the group cover the monthly focus question and then feel free to skip around and attempt to answer only a few questions - whether that’s just the gospel, or the second reading and gospel, etc.