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

First Reading
Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26

1. What is so significant about the number twelve that it was necessary to fill the vacancy left by Judas?

2. “Then they prayed.” Do you pray before you make important choices? Would you feel comfortable “casting lots,” throwing dice, or flipping a coin after you pray? How would you make a final choice like the one they had to make?

Second Reading
1 John 4:11-16

1. Discuss the following statement:

“God is love in a particular way: God is that great act of love that gave the Son as redeemer of the world. This kind of love is noble, unselfish, totally without reservation, having no strings attached, wanting only the good of the beloved, and seeking nothing in return” (Aelred Rosser).

2. What is the basis for this statement: “Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us?”

John 17:11b-19

1. Jesus prayed, “Keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one.” What kind of unity exits between the disciples? What is the source of the unity? Are we Jesus’ disciples also? Does the same bond hold for us?

2. “The world hated them.” Why does discipleship involve some danger or tough times? “As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.” What did the Father send Jesus into the world to do? What does that mean for us?

Anne Osdieck

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