Acts 2:14a, 36-41
1. The people listening to Peter’s sermon were “cut to the heart” with remorse. Does anything cut you to the heart? “Brothers, what should we do?” is what they asked. What action did they take? How do you think you would have responded to Peter’s sermon?
2. What does the word conversion mean? Is conversion a once-in-a-lifetime experience or is it ongoing? Explain. Who needs conversion? Name the things that conversion involves besides a change of behavior.
1 Peter 2:20b-45
1 Christ’s innocence and lack of vengeance show us what God’s love is like. Where do you find strength to endure your suffering? Can suffering be an occasion of grace?
2. Peter says about Jesus, “When he was insulted, he returned no insult.” Is Peter referring to a kind of suffering that is inflicted on a person for doing something good? Give examples in which this has been the case. Have you had this experience? Where do you think Gandhi and Martin Luther King got their ideas of nonviolence?
1. When flocks were mingled together, each flock would recognize the sound of their own shepherd’s voice and come to him, ignoring other shepherds. Can you discern in your life, which “voice” belongs to the Good Shepherd? Which of the following is your favorite comparison of Christ to the Good Shepherd: Explain.
• calling by name,
• recognition of voice,
• following the shepherd,
• not following strangers,
• shepherd as gate.
2. According to Pope Francis in the following, why would a good shepherd take risks today?
In seeking, he finds, and he finds because he takes risks. He does not stop when disappointed and he does not yield to weariness. Indeed, he is stubborn in doing good, anointed with the divine obstinacy that loses sight of no one. Not only does he keep his doors open, but he also goes to seek out those who no longer wish to enter them.
In the heart of the Good Shepherd, the Father’s love shines forth. There I know I am welcomed and understood as I am; there, with all my sins and limitations, I know the certainty that I am chosen and loved.
The heart of the Good Shepherd tells us that his love is limitless. It is never exhausted and it never gives up. There we see his infinite and boundless self-giving. There we find the source of that faithful and meek love which sets free and makes others free.