by Larry Broding


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.


Wisdom, the key to leadership

Look upon the leadership in your community and church. How is that leadership exercised? With wisdom? How have you exercised leadership? How wise have you been in your dealings with others?


Morning prayer

What is your morning routine? How does prayer fit into that routine? As you place your day before God, give him praise and reflect on your need to give him praise.


Hope in the Resurrection

Reflect on your experiences of death. What funerals or wakes have you attended? What hope did they inspire in the resurrection? If you could plan your own funeral, how could you encourage hope in the resurrection?


Faith and example

Have you ever taken faith for granted? Has that complacent attitude led to trouble? Reflect on your current personal struggles. Where is God in the picture? Take one of those struggles and pray about it everyday this week. At the end of the week, reflect how God got involved in the struggle, and where he is leading you.

Living the Word

by Fr. Frank Bird, sm

Hearing and living the Sunday readings

Discussion Guide

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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Video by Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com. Commentary and discussion pages are listed in the left column.

32A Ordinary Time – Questions

32A Ordinary Time – Questions

November 8, 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. What verse, idea or image in the readings spoke to you most? Why?

3. What is your definition or description of wisdom? How can we grow in wisdom?

4. How differently would you live your life if you knew that you had only six months to live?

5. What can help us to remain vigilant for the Lord’s comings into our lives?

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

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

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Discussion Questions

by Fr. Clement Thibodeau

1. What are the values and the virtues which the Church as a whole, and which your parish in particular, need to acquire before it can be admitted into the presence of the Groom? What is still lacking in the Church community before the Lord can take it to himself finally as his eternal Bride? What have we not done yet that we still need to do? List all the good works that your parish or your prayer group or your small faith-sharing community have yet to accomplish before your task is complete?

2. Are you still actively awaiting the return of the Lord? With fear and trepidation? With joy and eagerness? Do you have an active awareness that the Lord will return to take the Church to himself in consummation as his eternal Bride? Or, is it just like a fairy tale, not quite real? What do you need to do to awaken your awareness to the reality of Christ’s return?

3. What do you think the Lord expects of the Church in order to be more prepared for his coming? What would you do differently if you knew for sure that Christ will come five years from now, or will not come?

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

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Scripture Study Questions

by Vince Contreras

1. In the 1st reading, for what are we to β€œkeep vigil”? What are the rewards for doing so?

2. In the 2nd reading, St. Paul refers to the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of time when all who are in Christ (beginning with those Christians who have left this life before us) will be caught up to be with him in heaven forever. Why should these words bring us comfort?

3. How does the parable in the Gospel relate to Matthew 24? To the coming Advent season?

4. In what way were the ten girls alike? How were they different? What unexpected event takes place (verses 5-6)? With what embarrassing consequence (verse 8)?

5. Why is vigilance and personal readiness so important to Jesus’ listeners? In regard to the end of each of our lives? To the Second Coming?

6. Who are you most like in this story? Why?

7. What is the β€œoil” that keeps your β€œlamp” lit? How can you keep it replenished?

8. At the final wedding banquet (Revelation 19:6-9; 21:2-4), which side of the door will you be standing? Why?

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

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