March 2nd, 2014, Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Discussion Questions for Reading 1
Who do you think is forgotten in your community? How does your parish remember those who would otherwise be forgotten? Remember those who feel forgotten in your prayer today.
Reading 1 Isiah 49: 14-15
Reading 1 Reflection
In today's reading from Isaiah, God reassures his people that even if a mother could forget her own child, he will never forget us. One of the greatest hurts a person can suffer is to be forgotten. As we walk the streets of our own cities and see homeless people, or visit a nursing home and see a resident who never gets visitors, we can feel their pain of being forgotten. There are so many ways we can assure people that they are not forgotten: a visit, a card, an e-mail, even a smile. We remember the homeless when we work at the food pantry or soup kitchen. We remember the elderly when we offer a ride to church or the doctor’s office. Watch for the faces of those who feel forgotten; find a way to remind them that God never forgets them.
Discussion Questions for Reading 2
Paul says that stewards must "be found trustworthy." How would you measure a person's trustworthiness? What evidence would you give for your own trustworthiness?
Reading 2 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5
Reading 2 Reflection
Paul writes to the Corinthians about being stewards. As Catholics, we have begun to reclaim the notion of stewardship. All of us have been asked to consider the ways we use our time, talents and treasure to further the mission of Jesus carried on by the Church today. But Paul speaks of another kind of stewardship--he says are "stewards of the mysteries of God." In other words, our Catholic faith, all that God has revealed and that the Church has taught, is in our hands. We have the responsibility to care for those mysteries, to share them, to hand them on intact. And when we are good stewards of the mysteries, through evangelization and forming others in faith, then we are also "servants of Christ."
What do you worry about? How does faith help you in your worries?
Discussion Questions for Gospel
Jesus says, "Seek first the kingdom of God." How does this address worry? What would you say to a friend who worries excessively? Look at creation and add to Jesus’ examples of how God cares for every creature and all of creation.
Gospel Matthew 6: 24-34
In today's Gospel from Matthew, Jesus exhorts his disciples, "do not worry." They must have shown worry for Jesus to address this. Did they worry about their food, or clothes, or all of these? Jesus, who knew humanity better than anyone ever has, must have realized that simply telling someone not to worry does not end the worrying. So, Jesus goes on to give a perspective to ally their worries, a sense of priorities. Then he goes on to ask what good their worrying does. Then he reminds them that God takes care of even the birds and the grass, and surely God will take care of the people created in his own image. Don't worry; keep your priorities straight; remember worrying doesn't do any good; trust God. It might not be easy to hand over our worries to God, but it is worth working on!