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Discussion Questions: Week of December 2, 2018

This week’s discussion questions are based on the Second Reading found at 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 and on the Gospel found at Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Even though Advent is supposed to be a time of hope and new beginnings, it is often one of the most stressful times of the year. We feel pressure to make the holidays “perfect,” and we can get caught up in the frantic pace of errands and shopping. However, the readings for this first Sunday are intended to get us to stop and think about what’s really important.

  • What are you hoping for during this season of waiting?
  • What is one way you can live a more hope-filled existence this season (perhaps trusting more in God’s goodness in your life, or maybe making more time for prayer amidst the busyness of the season.)
  • What do people tend to get the most worried and discouraged about during the Advent season?
  • What are some ways that you might resist the cultural temptations to “do more” and instead focus more on “being present to the Lord” during these weeks?
  • As you look back on 2018, do you see anything you would have done differently? Is there anything you would like to “fix” (i.e. apologize to someone, stop procrastinating, reach out to that friend you have been meaning to contact.)

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