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26A Ordinary Time – Questions

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by Fr. Frank Bird, sm

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Parable of the Generosity of God

Sunday’s Discussion Guide (PDF)

Los Angeles Bishop David O'Connel provides PDFs of the Sunday Gospel Reading and also instructions on how to use this Gospel Reflection Process. PDF’s are available in both English and Spanish.

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26A Ordinary Time – Questions

26A Ordinary Time – Questions

September 27, 2020

Three sets of questions suitable for individual or group use are provided. Choose one to best fit your purpose and time restraints. Click on download images for PDF handout.

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Faith Sharing

1. Turn to the person next to you and share what word/s or image/s in the readings caught your attention. Did they comfort or challenge you or touch you in some way?

2. As you reflect on your life, do you identify with either of the brothers in today’s parable? If so, share why.

3. If someone complained to you that God isn’t fair, how would you respond?

4. What can distract us from saying a whole-hearted ‘yes’ to God?

5. Name one thing today’s Gospel says to us that we disciples of Jesus need to heed and act on.

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Discussion

1. Which of the two sons do you identify with in this parable: the one who said “Yes” but did not follow through or the one who first said “No” but then regretted it and went to serve? Can you share some event in your life thatwould illustrate one or the other condition?

2. Why do you think the second son regretted having said “No” to his father? Do you suppose the mutual love he and the father had for one another may have been a factor here? Surely, the first son was loved by his father, too! Why do you suppose hewas not motivated by his own love for his father?

3. Look at your parish church community today. Can you see instances when the community has said “Yes”to God, for example at the Easter Vigil, and then said “No,” at least a few times, for all practicalpurposes, the rest of the year? Do you see any signs of corporate repentance and conversion on the part of the parish as a whole? What would you consider to be signs of community commitment to God and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

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Scripture Study

1. In the 1stReading, what are Ezekiel’s listeners objecting to? (see verses 1-24) Why might they see God’s ways as unfair? Why are they not, in fact, unfair?

2. In the 2ndReading, what overriding quality or qualities of Christ should be ours when it comes to our dealings with God and neighbor?

3. In the Gospel Reading, whatlinks this parable to Matthew 21:23-27?

4. In the parable, what is the father’s request? What does each son say and do? Why?

5. What group of Jesus’ listeners (verses 23; verses 31-32) is like what son? How?

6. How do you suppose each group of listeners felt about this story?Are you more like the first son or like the second one? In what ways?

7. Do you look on any group of people as sinners or as “spiritually inferior”? Do you see any danger in that attitude? What is it?Have you said “yes” to God? What in your life is a direct living out of that “yes”?

8. How can you better respond to God’s invitation through John the Baptist to repent, to bear good fruit, and to follow Jesus?

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