Gather 10

Discussion Questions: Week of August 16, 2020

This week’s discussion questions are based on the Second Reading found at First Reading found at Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 and on the Gospel found at Matthew 15:21-28

  • The First Reading discusses the “foreigners” (non-Jews) “who join themselves to the Lord, ministering to him, loving the name of the Lord and becoming his servants – ”  What similarities and differences have you noticed of people you have met from another faith or culture?

  • Do you think we (humanity) allow ourselves to look more quickly at our differences than our similarities?  Why?

  • In the Gospel, the Canaanite woman persisted in her request despite the rebukes by the apostles and Jesus’ initial coolness. List three qualities about the woman that might have made her so insistent. How can you emulate her in your own prayers?

  • What risk did the Canaanite woman take when she cried, “Have pity on me Lord, Son of David!”  Who are the risk takers today?  Is anything gained without risk? 

  • Are you a risk taker?  What kinds of risks have you taken recently?  Do you put your faith in Jesus and entrust your life to Him?  Please explain.

  • What is the deepest prayer on your heart? Are you open to having your heart conform to Jesus’ will if He should respond to your prayer in a way other than what you request?