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Discussion Questions: Week of October 18, 2020

This week’s discussion questions are based on the Second Reading found at 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b and on the Gospel found at Matthew 22:15-21


  • In the Second Reading, St. Paul says, “For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.”  How much do you rely on the Holy Spirit?  Do you speak to Him and hear from Him on a regular basis?

  • How does the Holy Spirit help you know God’s will as you live each day?

  • Do you feel the Holy Spirit is involved in our world today?  How?

  • Who is your “go to” person in your time of need?  Where does the Holy Spirit fit in to that?

  • In the Gospel, Jesus challenges the Pharisees to “render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  Who is “Caesar” in your life?  What rightly belongs to him?  Are you giving to Caesar what is his

  • What in your life belongs to God? Are you giving that to God? Which is easier to do: give to Caesar or give to God

  • The Herodians asked Jesus, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?”  If Jesus answers “yes,” He will offend some of the Pharisees.  If He answers “no,” He risks being labeled a rebel.  Have you ever been in a situation where there was no easy answer?  Please share.  How was your response received?