Accountability and Support
“Iron is sharpened by iron; one person sharpens another.”
– Proverbs 27:17
Monthly Focus on Study
What have I studied during the past 30 days to help me better understand the gifts of God?
M1. Bible Reading
M2. Books of Formation
Discussion Questions for May 19, 2019
Fifth Sunday of Easter
After Paul and Barnabas had proclaimed the good news
to that city
and made a considerable number of disciples,
they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch.
They strengthened the spirits of the disciples
and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
"It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the kingdom of God."
They appointed elders for them in each church and,
with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
in whom they had put their faith.
Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia.
After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia.
From there they sailed to Antioch,
where they had been commended to the grace of God
for the work they had now accomplished.
And when they arrived, they called the church together
and reported what God had done with them
and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.
First Reading Discussion Questions
F1. Paul and Barnabas traveled around the country spreading the good news. According to them, who was responsible for letting in the Gentiles? Who is in charge of your ministry? How deep is your belief about that?
F2. Acts refers to its author “undergoing some hardships.” Could these be connected to the “new commandment” about love that Jesus gives in Sunday’s Gospel? And what about you? Have you discovered hardships in your life connected to loving your neighbor? Even though God opened the doors to the Gentiles, what still must take place before faith is received?
Then I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.
The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more.
I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race.
He will dwell with them and they will be his people
and God himself will always be with them as their God.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain,
for the old order has passed away."
The One who sat on the throne said,
"Behold, I make all things new."
Second Reading Discussion Questions
S1. What is the connection between the holy city in the reading and God’s dwelling with the human race?
S2. God and human persons dwell together. Where is it visible? Is it in the Lord’s legacy of selfless love? “He will wipe every tear from their eyes..” Can you think of times God has wiped away your tears? How can God use you to wipe others’ tears away?
John 13:31-33a, 34-35
When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
"Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another."
Gospel Discussion Questions
G1. Did Jesus give us edicts, rubrics or canons? What one rule did he give us over and over? What teaching of the Church do you think will bring all people to Christ? give—or by how much they love others? Or both? Does God love the world through us if we let it happen?
G2. “As I have loved you, so should you love one another.” According to Pope Francis, how do we pass this gift of divine love on to one another?
• God is the first to love:
God is like that: he is always first. He’s the first to wait for us, the first to love us, the first to help us.
• God's love is limitless:
“the inscrutable riches of Christ.” “bottomless sea without shores … ”
• God is a great teacher:
by loving His people, teaching them to walk, taking them in His arms, caring for them.
• Greatness expressed in littleness:
carrying on God’s own work in your own small way: that is feeding the hungry, quenching the thirsty, visiting the sick and the prisoner.
• Not words about love, but concrete gestures:
we do not need great discourse on love, but men and women “who know how to do these little things
for Jesus, for the Father.” Our works of mercy are the continuity of this love.
June 8, 2018, homily at Casa Santa Marta
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.