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30A Ordinary Time – Questions



by Larry Broding

Live Love Out

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.


God and neighbor

What is the opposite of a particular unlawful act? How can such an “opposite behavior” promote social peace? God’s peace?


Sure reliance on God

What can people be sure of? What insures that certitude? How does God’s action in your life give you comfort? How can you rely on his love?


The power of Christian example

When have you been open to others lately? How has your hospitality and generosity helped you share the message of Jesus with others?


Love of God, love of neighbor

Have you ever had the overwhelming sense you were loved? How do you know you are loved? How can you show God your love? Has the success of such efforts inspired you? Or, has the failure of such discouraged you? How has God’s love for you helped you to act charitably toward others? Write down the ways you showed love for God and others this past week. Thank God for your efforts and give him the credit. Then, plan for this week. Pray for wisdom making out your list. And pray for patience when those opportunities for love surprise you.

Living the Word

by Fr. Frank Bird, sm

Reflection questions for the 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Love God and Neighbor

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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30A Ordinary Time – Questions

30A Ordinary Time – Questions

October 25, 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. When it comes to civil law or church law, do you tend to be a strict follower of the law? Explain.

3. Jesus was constantly challenging the traditional beliefs and interpretations of the law as seen by the scribes and Pharisees. Would you say you are usually open to new ideas or new insights—or resistant?

4. The Great Commandment includes ‘love of self.’ What is the difference between selfish love and true love of self? What does the latter mean?

5. What is Jesus saying to you this Sunday about how a faithful disciple should act?

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

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Discussion Questions

by Fr. Clement Thibodeau

1. Of all the laws of the Church (1,752 in the Revised Code of Canon Law, 1983), which do you consider the most important? Seriously now, which do you feel can never be left out of your confession of sins? Which makes you feel the most guilty? [By the way, it is not against Church law to commit adultery. It is against God’s law! But it is against Church law to eat meat on Fridays during Lent.] What about God’s law and Church law? How do you weigh one against the other?

2. Do you know what law of conscience means? Are you aware that if you believe something to be wrong, although it may not be in fact, you are held to that by God? What will God do on the day of judgment with all the people who ate meat on Fridays before the Church law was changed? How do you deal with conscience in the moral formation of children? At what age do you think children know the difference between right and wrong?

3. Who is your favorite saint? Share your experiences with one another concerning the intercessory role of the saints in your life. Do you sometimes ask your deceased relatives to intercede for you before God in heaven? Do you ask other Christians in this world to pray for you also? Should you?

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Scripture Study Questions

by Vince Contreras

1. the 1st Reading, we hear from a section of the Book of Exodus where God is giving instruction to his people regarding their conduct among themselves. Specific prescriptions aside, what seems to be the overall attitude that God expects us to have toward our neighbor?

2. In the 2nd Reading, Saint Paul reminds the Thessalonians how much they have grown in their faith by imitating his example. What are some of the ways their faith has become evident? How much do you strive to imitate Jesus and the Saints?

3. In the Gospel Reading, why do you suppose Jesus declares these two commandments the greatest? How would you say the Ten Commandments relate to these two?

4. What does Jesus’ response to the scribe teach you about Jesus? About the kingdom of God (see 1 John 2:7-11)?

5. Why do you think Jesus emphasized loving God with our heart, soul, and mind? How is loving God related to loving people (1 John 4:20-21)?

6. What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? How do you love your self? How does that apply to the way you love your neighbor (Matthew 7:12; Ephesians 5:29)?

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

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