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Discussion Questions: Week of July 21, 2019

This week’s discussion questions are based on the First Reading found at Genesis 18:1-10a and on the Gospel found at Luke 10:38-42

  • In the First Reading, Abraham is overjoyed and excited about serving the Lord by receiving the guests in his home. In the busyness and chaos of our world, we often miss when God “passes by.”  Upon reflection, are you aware of ways you have missed God passing by in your daily life? 
  • The Gospel reading of Mary and Martha challenges us to look at how we invite the Lord into our hearts each day. Are we as gracious and open as a hospitable host, or do we go through most of our day forgetting to keep company with the Lord, rushing from one thing to the next?
  • We live among people who glorify busyness, that more is always better: more meetings, more programs, more activity.  What do you think Jesus meant when he said “but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Do you think that “one thing” is something you can achieve?
  • Jesus’ example to us of loving one another was washing the disciples’ feet. We’re expected, as Christians, to serve others and show them love.  What can we learn from Martha’s behavior to show God’s love to those around us? 
  • How are Mary’s actions a model for Christian discipleship? What does “sitting at the foot of Jesus” look like in your own life?