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Discussion Questions
Fourteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time A
July 9, 2017
Anne Osdieck

First Reading

Zechariah 9:9-10

1. What ideas do you associate with the word king? Is “meek king” an oxymoron? What idea do you associate with meek? could meekness be a strength? Can it win wars or put a stop to fighting?

2. How approachable are you? Do humility and meekness have any bearing on a person’s approachability? When did Jesus enter the city “riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”?

Second Reading

Romans 8:9, 11-13

1. At the Incarnation Christ took on human flesh with all of its delights and burdens. What do you think the Incarnation did for its worth?

2. “The Spirit of God dwells in you.” What does this imply about the wonder and holiness of your spirit? Could it help you reverence your neighbor?


Matthew 11:25-30

1. A carpenter hand-made the yoke to fit the animal that wore it. Is your yoke handmade for you? If yes, who “makes” it? How does Jesus speak about his yoke in Sunday’s Gospel?

2. Does Jesus have the meekness of the First Reading’s king? If he had never labored or been burdened would you still feel he could understand you? Discuss Pope Francis’ statement about Sunday’s Gospel:

The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew.

Evangelii Gaudium, 1
November 24, 2013

Anne Osdieck
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