Discussion Questions

First Reading
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a

F1. “He let you be afflicted with hunger, then fed you with manna ... in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” In this statement, which is the source of their life, is the bread still efficacious, or is it just the promise of God?

F2. Are there situations that require blind trust on your part? With that in mind, discuss, “He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna.”

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 10:16-17

S1. Why does Pope Francis say the Eucharist is not a prize for doing good?

[The] Eucharist fulfills the Covenant which sanctifies us, purifies us and unites us in worthy communion with God. Thus we learn that the Eucharist is not a prize for the good, but is strength for the weak, for sinners. It is forgiveness, it is the Viaticum that helps us to move forward, to walk.

On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, June 4, 2015

S2. “When we eat, we incorporate our food into ourselves. The opposite is true with regard to the Eucharist. When we partake of that bread we are transformed into it.” (Dianne Bergant, CSA, Preaching the New Lectionary: Year A) Explain in your own words what this might mean.

Gospel
John 6:51-58

G1. When Jesus gives us himself in the Eucharist, does he give us his presence, or does he give himself in the whole Paschal Mystery (passion, death, resurrection)? Discuss.

G2. God was with his people on their journey, nourishing them with manna and water. How does God respond to your needs on your journey? What is different about the food God gave the people in the desert and the food he gives us?

Anne Osdieck
 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson