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
2.Mary received her call to ministry at a young age. When and how did you receive your call?
3.Can you name a time when it was very hard for you to say ‘yes’ to God?
4.What is your relationship to Mary? What has helped it to develop?
5.Name one thing today’s Gospel says so us that we disciples of Jesus need to heed and act on.
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Small Group Questions (Option B)
by Fr. Bauer
1. Fr. John Shea is a theologian and poet. One of his poem’s is entitled: “A Prayer of Wholehearted Commitment.” It ends with the words: So it is to You, that my most resounding “yes” is a maybe, and it is with one eye on the door that I say ‘Behold, Lord, your servant waiteth!’” Trusting in God isn’t always easy. What helps you to trust in God as Mary did?
2. Our First reading reminds us that God doesn’t operate on our timetable or according to our ideas. Can you remember a time when you realized the truth of this?
3. If you wrote a prayer of praise for God what would it contain?
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by Fr. Clement Thibodeau
1. What can we learn about Mary from this passage? Describe the values that seem to guide her everyday life. Be real about evaluating her concerns. What kind of personality did she have? What were some of her religious beliefs? Where was the center of her attention? What other things were also part of her attention, ifnot at the center? Compare her concerns with those of the Church today. Are there differences? Why?
2. What are the traditional “feminine”qualities which are offered to us for imitation here? How can these typically feminine traits be incorporated into the personalities of Christian men? How can they be seen a complementing the usual masculine traits? Are men to be considered less masculinewhen they absorb and live out the characteristics of the Virgin Mary
3. Study the response of Mary to the Lord’s invitation.What elements does it contain thatwe would do well to incorporate into our prayers and into our response to God’s call? Do you see eagerness to do God’s will in your own life, in the life of your family, in the life of the Church? Do you see a concern that without God’s power we can do nothing? Are we satisfied that we can and shouldproceed once we have heard God’s answer to our questions?
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Bible Study Questions
by Vince Contreras
2. How does the 2nd Reading make clear God’s salvation was fulfilled according to his own plan?
3. In the Gospel Reading, how does Gabriel’s announcement to Mary compare with his announcement to Zechariah (verses 13-17)? What is different in her response?
4. What truths about Jesus are emphasized in this passage? What expectations must have been raised in Mary (Luke 1:46-55, 69-79)?
5. What would it mean to doubt and fear God? When were you recently fearful, but believing? How did God meet you where you were at that time?
6. In what area of your life do you need to believe that “nothing will be impossible with God”? What keeps you from believing this?