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Discussion Questions: Week of August 1, 2021

This week’s discussion questions are based on the First Reading found at Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15, on the Second Reading found at Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 and on the Gospel found at John 6:24-35

  • In the First Reading, when the Lord provided food for the Israelites in the desert, we see that they don’t even recognize it as food, because they ask each other, “What is this?”  We may feel the same way in prayer when we ask God for something we need, but he gives us something that we do not expect.  Are you able to recognize God’s gifts as He responds to your deepest needs?
  • God called the Israelites to a life of balance.  Do you feel you lead a balanced life?  Is there anything that you need to do to have a more balanced life?
  • In the Second Reading, St. Paul urges the people to “. . . put away the old self.”  Do you think God is ever finished creating you?  Is this something you do (or God does) just once, or do you (or does God) do it continually?
  • In the Gospel, why were the crowds seeking Jesus?  What does Jesus say?  Is there a way to seek Jesus wrongly?  How?   What do you think it looks like to seek Him rightly?
  • Do you struggle to come to the Lord for your “daily bread?”  What are some things that might be preventing you from coming to the Lord every day for spiritual nourishment?  What difference do you think consuming His daily bread could make in your life and relationship with Him?