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Discussion Questions for Reading 1

God was so pleased with the king's prayer that God gave Solomon the greatest wisdom a king had ever had. How often will you ask God for this precious gift of understanding?

Reading 1 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

Reading 1 Reflection

Imagine what you would say if God spoke to you in a dream and said, "Ask something of me and I will give it to you." Think of all the possible responses to an invitation like that! The young King Solomon knew that he could ask God for riches or power or victory over his enemies. But he asked instead for "an understanding heart." Young and inexperienced as he was, Solomon knew that the gift of understanding was much more valuable than gold or silver.

Discussion Questions for Reading 2

Will you try each day to see the image of Christ in yourself and others?

Reading 2 Romans 8:28-30

Reading 2 Reflection

Paul never runs out of new ways to tell us how much God loves us. Before we were born, God thought of us and planned for our salvation. As sisters and brothers of Christ, we can be sure that "all things work together" for those who love God, no matter what happens.

Reflect on what you consider your treasure.


Discussion Questions for Gospel

How will the parables in today's readings help you to seek God's Kingdom?

Gospel Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

Gospel Reflection

Matthew's gospel stacks one parable of the Kingdom on another. He wants Christians to understand that seeking, working, and praying for the Kingdom of God is the heart of Jesus' Good News. When we seek the Kingdom before all else, we are like a merchant who sells everything to buy a pearl of great price. Like Jesus, we value God's love and God's will above any earthly treasure.






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