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by Larry Broding

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Signs of hope

What hope has God given you this day? How has his activity turned you away from dark emotions like anger or self-doubt?


God’s love on the way and at the journey’s end

What is more important, the journey or the destination? Why? How do you show your dependence upon God in your daily life? How do you celebrate those events of God’s presence?


Faith struggle

Do you struggle believing a doctrine or practice of the Church? Who do you rely upon to help you understand? How can you place these troublesome doubts into a greater context?


The Lord’s call is my part in God’s plan

If the Lord appeared to you this very moment, what could you show him? God gives us clear choice. Do we hear his call, as the sheep hear the shepherd? Or, do we stand fast like the stubborn goats?

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Hearing and living the Sunday readings

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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.

Questions on the Readings

Christ the King (Year A)

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 ‘stepping up to the plate’ that you have not done out of fear of failure? Can you name a time you ‘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. If you were not a disciple of Jesus, how would you feel about this parable addressed to his disciples? Do you think that Jesus means that his disciples only will be judged by these standards? Or do you think that Jesus will judge the whole world by the practical behavior of all men, women and children? Do you think that all people of goodwill, even those who do not explicitly have faith in Jesus Christ, will be judged according to the ways they have treated their neighbors?

2. Do you see a message of hope in this parable? Is it good news for every human being? Do you think the hungry, the thirsty, and the lonely find consolation in knowing that Jesus identifies himself with them? That Jesus challenges his disciples to deal with the needy as if it were his very self? Do you see yourself among the needy and the lonely? Are you willing to accept the care and the love of your fellow humans who come to you out of love for Jesus Christ?

3. Discuss the ways in which this parable provides the very foundation for all social service ministry in the Church. Do you remember how St.Teresa of Calcutta always said that she served Christ in the poorest of the poor? What is your understanding of the Church’s responsibility, as a worldwide community, for the hungry and the poor?

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Scripture Study Questions

by Vince Contreras

1. In the 1st Reading, the Lord is depicted as a Good Shepherd who tends the weak among his flock. He is also portrayed, however, as a just judge. Upon what is his judgment based (see Ezekiel 34:17-24)?

2. In the 2nd Reading, St. Paul describes how he and his fellow evangelists have spent themselves in the service of the Gospel. What, surprisingly, is his own response to this? Would that be your reaction in a similar situation?

3. List the six actions Jesus will use as a basis of judgment. What kinds of acts are these? For whom are they done now and ultimately (verse 40)? How do they benefit the doer?

4. How are those who don’t do the acts and those that do them similar? Different?

5. In this reading and those of the last few weeks, how were Jesus and his opponents different in actions and attitudes? Is the judgment note of these readings consistent with your view of Jesus? Why or why not?

6. What do these readings teach about Christian responsibility? Who are “these least brothers of mine”?

7. When have you been hungry, thirsty, a stranger, in need of clothes, sick or imprisoned, and someone reached out to you? How did it feel?

8. In the six areas noted by Jesus, where do you feel yourself serving most naturally? In which areas doyou have the most trouble reaching out?

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