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Discussion Questions
Twenty-third Sunday
of Ordinary Time A
September 10, 2017
Anne Osdieck

First Reading

Ezekiel 33:7-9

1. Does God still send watchmen or watch-women or prophets to address injustice in the world today? Who are they? Are they always successful and do they live long, happy lives?

2. Do we have a shared responsibility for others and the world? Are you a “watchperson” in some way? What seems unjust as you watch? Can you think of new ways of bringing justice and divine love into the lives of those people you care for? Into your workplace? Into other places in your life?

Second Reading

Romans 13:8-10

1. What commandment sums up all the rest? How does it fulfill the whole law?

2. Which ranks highest: How much you love? How much you do? How smart or powerful you are? According to Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritain (Luke 10: 29-37), who is your neighbor?


Matthew 18:15-20

1. Can you rely on God to grant your request in some way when you and another person agree to pray about something? Do you trust God’s promise?

2. Pope Francis thought it was important enough to send out an urgent request for all Catholics to join him in prayer when he met with leaders from Israel and Palesine to pray for world peace. Do you always remember that “if two or you agree on earth about anything for which they (you) are to pray, it shall be granted to them (you)”?

Pope Francis invited Catholics to join him in prayer for world peace, to participate spiritually in this great act of solidarity by uniting themselves in prayer with him on that special day, when he met with Israel's President Shimon Peres and President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican that Sunday afternoon.

As he stated,

In this way, the invocation for world peace, emanating from the tomb of St Peter, will extend throughout the earth. Let us be confident that the promise of the Lord may be fulfilled: “if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my Heavenly Father” (Gospel).

Pope Francis, But who do you say that I am?

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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