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by Larry Broding

Faith means risk

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 ideal believer

Do you see any of these qualities in yourself? In your spouse (if you are married)? How have these qualities improved your life?


Family blessing

How is your family a blessing to you? Thank God for the blessing of your family. Ask blessing on your immediate and extended family.


Surprise! He’s coming!

Are you ready for the coming of Jesus? How can you get ready for his return?


The parable of the extortionist

Have you ever felt like an outcast? What attitude or chain of events caused your feelings? How have you waited upon the Lord, in spite of the challenges you face? Has your waiting been active? Explain.Do you know of someone who is angry at God? Do they believe he is unreasonable or uncaring? How can you minister to that person? Place that person on your and your friends’ prayer list this week.

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 Commentary and discussion pages are listed in the left column.

Questions on the Readings

33A Ordinary Time

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. Name some of the talents or gifts God has given you. What gifts or talents have you developed? What gifts or talents still wait to be developed?

3. What gifts or talents have you shared in the past? Or do you currently share those gifts or talents with your Church or wider community?

4. Are you hiding a gift that you should be using to benefit others?

5. Is there a β€˜stepping up to the plate’ that you have not done out of fear of failure? Can you name a time you β€˜stepped up to the plate’ even though you had a fear of failure?

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

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Discussion Questions

by Fr. Clement Thibodeau

1. In what ways has fear stood in the way of your developing some of your God-given talents and gifts? Fear of what? Failure? Loss? Ridicule from others? How can faith help us to overcome our fear? Is it really fear of God or fear of people that prevents you from developing your talents?

2. What negative experiences have you had that prevent you from offering your gifts in ministry in the Church community? Did anyone ever tell you that your gifts were not worthwhile? That you were not worthwhile? That you had nothing to offer?How can we validate each other’s gifts and make us feel that our gifts are needed? When was the last time you expressed appreciation for the gifts of people around you in family and in parish?

3. What are the ways you would suggest in which the Church could be more effective in offering its God-given gifts to the world? How could the Church improve its ways of communicating the good news of Jesus Christ? How could your parish be more effective in its liturgies, in celebrating the sacraments, in reaching out to those who are marginal in society or those who feel left out? How could we do better at reaching out to those who are divorced and remarried?

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Scripture Study Questions

by Vince Contreras

1. In the 1st Reading, from the chapter of Proverbs that extolls the virtues of the idealized wife, what qualities are praiseworthy in this person? Is it her looks? Her charm or her wit? What is it, and how does that relate to what God expects to see in you?

2. In the 2nd Reading, Paul is reminding the Thessalonians that they are not to sit around complacently waiting for the Lord’s return. What does he exhort them to be doing instead?

3. In Jesus’ parable, who does the master represent? The journey? The talents? The servants?

4. What happened to the two servants who doubled their investment? To the servant who his talent? On what basis were they rewarded?

5. How does the master’s treatment of the one-talent servant seem to you: Fair? Harsh? Lenient? Why?

6. Why do you think Jesus found it necessary to repeat his point so many times and in so many different ways (as in chapters 23β€”25)?

7. If the master returned today, what would he say about how you have used what he has given you? How have you developed it? What kind of responsibility do you feel toward God regarding your talents? Have you been hiding them?

8. Which of the three servants in the parable can you relate to most? Why?

9. What does it mean to you to β€œshare your master’s joy”?

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

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