Gather 10

Discussion Questions: Week of January 10, 2021

This week’s discussion questions are based on the Second Reading found at Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38 and on the Gospel found at Mark 1:7-11

  • In the Second Reading, the main point of Peter’s new understanding, and of his speech to the gathering crowd, is that God does not show favoritism.  What matters is your attitude and actions.  Does it matter to you how people worship God?

  • Are there any areas in your life where you are showing favoritism or neglect based on another person’s appearance or social status?

  • How do you think our church can guard against showing favoritism and partiality?  What are some practical ways we can show love to one another without distinction or preferential treatment?

  • The Gospel reflects on Jesus’ baptism.  John the Baptist was the middleman.  He pointed back to Isaiah and forward to Jesus, connecting the whole plan.  What or who are the “middlemen” who connect you with God?  In what way are you a middleman?

  • Jesus’ baptism was the beginning of his public ministry.  For many Catholics, faith is a private matter.  If you are public about your faith, when did this begin to happen?  What helped you to be public about it?  If you tend to be very private about your faith, what do you think causes you to be so?

  • Have you ever thought about what it means to be baptized Catholic?  What does it mean to you?