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Discussion Questions
Second Sunday of Easter C
April 7, 2013

Questions on Sunday’s readings for use by discussion
groups, prayer groups, or for individual prayer.

First Reading

Acts 5:12-16

A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.

1. What is the connection between all these life-giving miracles and the resurrection? Discuss the effectiveness of the apostles’ missionary efforts in the light of ”Power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9-10, 13:14) Do you want Christ to use you on behalf of others? If yes, what are the implications?

2. “They were all cured.” What are some signs and wonders of God’s healing love that you see today?

Second Reading

Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19

1. Once, when John the Evangelist is “caught up in spirit,” Christ, touches him and speaks to him. Are there others in history, “suffering for their faith,” who have received clear understanding and revelations? Can good things come from suffering?

2. John says he fell down “as though dead.” Christ, “who once was dead but now is alive,” touched him and raised him up. Does this vision give you strength to do good things? Are you part of what, in Christ’s words, “will happen afterwards?”

John 20:19-31

1. Why do you think Jesus breathed on the disciples when he gave them the Holy Spirit? What effect did this gift have on the disciples’ fear? How about your fear, and every aspect of your life? What do forgiveness of sin and resurrection have in common?

2. How do you resolve your questions/doubts? Are you like Thomas? What is your attitude toward people who doubt truths that you hold dear? How did Jesus handle Thomas and his doubts?

Anne Osdieck

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