This week’s discussion questions are based on the Second Reading found at James 5:1-6 and on the Gospel found at Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
In the Second Reading, St. James offers us a look at the true misery of those who have listened to what the world said would bring them happiness. “Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.” Would you describe yourself as “happy?” To what do you credit that happiness?
Tell a story about a time you have felt very happy.
In the Gospel, John says, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us.” Whoever this person was did not follow the “rules.” Are you a rule follower? How do you feel about people to operate outside the rules?
How do gifts in other people help you see what God might be doing?
Jesus also tells us in the Gospel that we will not lose our reward if we give someone a cup of water, because everyone belongs to Christ. In other words, when we serve others, we recognize their dignity as human persons. Are you actively looking for those who are in need, within the world at large or in your own family, friends and neighbors?