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Discussion Questions: Week of August 9, 2020

This week’s discussion questions are based on the First Reading found at First Reading found at 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a, the Second Reading found at Romans 9:1-5 and on the Gospel found at Matthew 14:22-33

  • In the first reading, Elijah hears the voice of God in a “tiny, whispering sound.”  Discuss all the traces of God in your life, or the ways God can/does speak to you.  When is it easiest to hear?  When in your life is it the hardest?  At the end of the day, do you ask yourself when you saw these traces? 

  • What do you think is the primary barrier for most people regarding hearing from God? 

  • What is the difference between listening and hearing?

  • In the Second Reading, Paul is in “great sorry and constant anguish” because some of his own people have not accepted the fact that the Messiah has come.  What do you do when your loved ones reject some beliefs that are important to you?

  • In the Gospel, although Peter asks Jesus to call him out on the water, he freezes in a moment of fear.  What kind of things do you tend to trust in when life gets stormy?  What makes you feel comfortable and secure rather than fearful? 

  • What kind of faith do we need to accomplish our daily tasks?

  • Do you feel that you are living out God’s calling for your life?  Please explain.  What steps might you take to begin exploring what His calling for your life may be?