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RCIA – 3B Advent

Top Planning Resources for Sunday


by Larry Broding

Rejoice! The Lord is near


The greatness of God

What ritual, prayer, or sacrament gives you comfort? Can you see the power of God beyond those activities? How?


The Magnificat

How would you compose a song of praise? What would you include in the song? How does the Magnificat express your personal praise to God?


Christian living

Think about this week. What has made you hopeful? What have you thanked God for? How have you been open to God’s Spirit in practical ways? In other words, what has God done for you this week?


Personal and honest witness

Do you harbor some cynicism about the practice of law? Explain. We are now half way through Advent. The closer Christmas comes, the stronger the pull to God and the crazier the season becomes. Anticipation became proclamation which is now witness. It’s time to take stock. How strong was your witness this week? Was it personal? Was it honest? How can you be a little more honest (and authentic) this week? Reflect on your words, your actions, and your character. Pray and plan for this coming 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.


RCIA Questions

3B Advent

Introductory video to this Sunday by Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com.
Directions: On this page you will find questions on the Sunday Readings that can be used in RCIA or Faith Sharing groups. Clicking on the PDF icons at bottom right will  give participants additional commentary and resources.

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Small Group Questions (Option A)

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 gives you joy? What steals your joy? What can help you live a more joyful life?

3. Paul exhorts us to ‘give thanks in all circumstances’ and to ‘not quench the spirit.’ Would you consider yourself a grateful person? What are some ways we can quench the movement of the spirit in our lives?

4. How is your Advent Season coming?

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.

Small Group Questions (Option B)

by Fr. Bauer

1.  Can you recall a time when you “knew” you were called to do or say something?   Do you remembering experiencing God’s grace at this time?

2.  In what ways have you prepared the way of the Lord this Advent?   Who or what has prepared the way the way of the Lord for you this Advent.

3.  How are you called to rejoice this Advent?

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Discussion Questions

by Fr. Clement Thibodeau

1. What is the primary mission of the Church? To grant holiness or to point to the holiness which God has already given? Does the Church make people holy or does the Church guide people to the holiness of God? Of course, Christ is at work in the sacraments of the Church which produce holiness, but the Church did not create those sacraments; the Church serves as custodian of the means of holiness. Would you say that the mission of the Church is to do both?

2. In what way does your parish community, your family, your faith-sharing group, have a responsibility to proclaim the good news that Jesus Christ is Son of God, Lord and Savior of the world? How does the group carry out that responsibility? Does proclamation hold priority of place among all the other responsibilities of the parish, the family, etc.? How can you tell if the emphasis is first on proclaiming the Good News?

3. Today, if you are going to give witness to Christ as Messiah and Lord, how are you going to do that? What are some of the ways that you and your family can be more effective in doing the good that calls attention to Jesus rather than calling attention to yourself?

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

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Bible Study Questions

by Vince Contreras

1. The 1st Reading is one of the most well-known Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. How many images of Christ do you see fulfilled in this passage?

2, In the 2nd Reading, St. Paul exhorts us to “Rejoice always”. He then goes on to give several directives. How are each of these directives related to or a result of a Christian spirit of joy?

3. In the Gospel Reading, what questions do the priests and Levites ask John? Those sent by the Pharisees? What do these questions reveal about the reason they were sent?

4. What is John’s purpose in life (verses 22-23, 26-27; see also Isaiah 40:3-5)?

5. How does John finally answer their question about his baptism (verses 30-31)? What does he mean by calling Jesus the “Lamb of God” (verse 29; see Exodus 12:1-13; Isaiah 53:7) and the “Son of God” (verse 34)? What proof supports these claims (Psalm 2:7)?

6. Do we know our role before Jesus? Do we need a reality check of who is who?

7. How do we need to decrease so that the proper place of Jesus in our lives may increase? Do we need to kindle (or rekindle) our dependence on God?

8. Where in our lives can we “make straight the way of the Lord” (verse 23; Isaiah 40:3-5)?

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

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