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Discussion Questions
3rd Sunday of Lent B
March 8, 2015

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

First Reading

Exodus 20:1-17

1. Why do you think the Ten Commandments have survived all the way from the time of Moses? Is there more in each one than we ordinarily see? For instance, could respect of life be extrapolated from “Thou shalt not kill”? Try some others.

2. If there were ten commandments, why would Jesus say that there were only two? Why is love, love of God and love of your neighbor, the basis of all the others?

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 1:22-25

1. After Jesus drives out the money changers in the Gospel, the people ask this question: “What sign can you show us for doing this?” What did Paul proclaim as the sign and the wisdom for those who are called? Without faith would you recognize a vulnerable, rejected Christ as the wisdom of God?

2. To what do the “foolishness” and “weakness” of God refer? St. Paul says the Jews had a problem accepting Christ crucified. What about you: how do you accept him? And what about the crosses in your own life? Can they be “stumbling blocks” for you too?

John 2:13-25

1. Jesus drove the salespeople out of the temple. Why? And, if you are a temple too, “a temple of the Holy Spirit,” what are the implications for you? What needs to be driven out of you?

2. Compare what Jesus did in the temple with what Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief says that Pope Francis is doing now in the Church. The Pope mentioned hunger for power, “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “the terrorism of gossip,” in his Christmas address to the Curia.

“Francis is pursuing a ‘spiritual cleansing of the temple, at the same time both painful and liberating, so the glory of God can shine in the Church, the light of all mankind.’”

L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's semiofficial daily.

Anne Osdieck

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