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Discussion Questions
Thirty-third Sunday
of Ordinary Time A
November 19, 2017
Anne Osdieck

First Reading

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

1. “The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Do you see a conection between this woman and the wise servant portrayed in the Gospel? How does fear of the Lord (awe and wonder in the presence of God) help make a person wise?

2. Would you call the woman in this reading holy? Why? Do you know some people like her? What actions do they perform that you would call holy?

Second Reading
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

1. Apparently “The Day of the Lord” can overtake you “like a thief at night.” Are you always ready? Almost ready? Dozing a little?

2. Where would you put yourself on a continuum that has false security about dying at one end and constant dread at the other?


Matthew 25:14-30

1. Are you willing to take risks, or are you paralyzed by fear? If you were a leader in the Church, what kind of risks would you take to insure growth of the faithful? Is there a person whom you observe taking risks for such growth?

2. Do you think your gifts were given to you for yourself alone? Or for you to keep hidden away where no one can see them? What does Pope Francis tell us about that?

Have you thought about the talents that God has given you? Have you thought of how you can put them at the service of others? Do not bury your talents! Set your stakes on great ideals, the ideals that enlarge the heart, the ideals of service that make your talents fruitful. Life is not given to us to be jealously guarded for ourselves, but is given to us so that we may give it in turn. … Do not be afraid to dream of great things!

St Peter’s Square General Audience, April 24, 2013

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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