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29A Ordinary Time – Questions



by Larry Broding

What do we owe God?

Despite the experiences of life, God does treat us the same. Unfortunately, we will not completely realize this equality until we celebrate eternal life in the Kingdom.


The strange ways of God

How has God surprised you? How has he changed your expectations?


Praise to God

Do you set aside daily time to praise God? How does such praise affect your daily life? How can you “sing a new song to the Lord” this day?


The struggle of faith

What struggles have you found along the Christian way? How have you found blessing in your struggle?


Conflicting priorities

Have you ever been trapped by conflicting priorities? How have you exercised personal responsibility and participated in public life for the good of others? How have those experiences helped you grow? Reflect on the discussion questions above. List plans you have for service. Resolve to work on one plan this week.

Living the Word

by Fr. Frank Bird, sm

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

God can use even King Cyrus!

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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Click image to watch video by Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com. Larry Broding’s Commentary and discussion pages are listed in the left column.

29A Ordinary Time – Questions

29A Ordinary Time – Questions

October 18, 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 Questions

by Fr. Eamon Tobin

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. In the first reading, Cyrus was unaware that he was carrying out God’s will when he made it possible for the Jews to return to their homeland. Can you think of a leader or someone else who is not a believer but is unknowingly carrying out God’s will?

3. When you vote in the upcoming election, what issues take center stage for you? How does your Catholic faith inform your vote? (No need to get into a political debate. Just share the issues that are important to you and why.)

4. When it comes to political and some religious issues, our country is very divided. What if anything can be done to bring us together for the sake of the common good?

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

©2020 Fr. Eamon Tobin. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

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Discussion Questions

by Fr. Clement Thibodeau

1. Have the governments of the world become so corrupt and so evil that God wants us to withdraw from all involvement and all support of those institutions that are related to politics and to public authority? What would you say to people who thought thatwe should avoid all contact and all cooperation with civil authority?

2. What do you think of persons such as St. Thomas More who, as Lord High Chancellor of England, served the British King, Henry VIII, as long as he could preserve his own integrity and his own sense of truth? Under what circumstances would you not be able to cooperate with political leaders who supported harmful policies and practiced destructive works in their official roles?

3. What do you think of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church which says that Catholics have a moral duty to pay taxes, to vote, and to defend their country? What kind of moral duty are they talking about? Would it be a sin not to pay taxes,not to vote, not to defend one’s country? Should your parish hold classes for adults on these matters?

© 2017 Portland Diocese / Father Clement D. Thibodeau. Used with permission.

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Scripture Study Questions

by Vince Contreras

1. In the 1stReading, we hear about Cyrus, the king of Persia and the most powerful man in the world of his time. It would be he that would issue the decree releasing the Jews from their exile in Babylon to return to their land. From where does this great king’s power come?

2. In the 2ndReading, Paul reminds of their chosen state before God (verse 4)? What are the fruits that Paul sees in their lives to confirm this call (v 3, 5)? Where are the fruits in our lives?

3. In the Gospel Reading, why do the Herodians (allied to Rome) and the Pharisees (admired and influential religious separatists) make strange partners? How is Jesus a threat to each?

4. What would the social or political consequences have been if Jesus had simply said “Pay Caesar”? If he had said “Don’t pay Caesar”?What does Jesus mean by his answer (verse 21)? What should we give to God?

5. What is Jesus’ teaching about the relationship between Church and State? Which obligation is primary? Why?

6. In your life, what belongs to Caesar? To God? How well are you giving to each? What prevents you from giving to God what is God’s?

© 2011 Sunday Scripture Study for Catholics by Vince Contreras. Used with permission.

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