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Discussion Questions: Week of December 9, 2018

This week’s discussion questions are based on the First Reading found at Baruch 5:1-9, the Second Reading found at Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 and on the Gospel found at Luke 3:1-6
  • In the First Reading, Israel is told to take off her cloak of mourning and misery when she returns from exile. Confession is a wonderful way for us to “take off our robe of mourning and misery.”  Is confession a regular part of your religious experience?
  • Do you feel differently after you have gone to confession? How so?
  • Most Catholics seldom go to confession. Why is that?
  • In the Second Reading, Paul says: “The one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” What good works do you see in yourself? What works would you like to see continue to grow, especially during this Advent season?
  • In the Gospel, we are told, “The winding roads shall be made straight.” We allow the road to God to get crooked by alternating between our will and His will. What roads in your life are winding— not the right path?
  • Is God calling you to make straighten that road this Advent? How?
  • How does recognition and confession of our sins begin to straighten the paths of our lives?
  • What are some ways in which you’ve experienced God’s grace keeping you on a straight path?