How does it feel to be laughed at? Can you remember when you or someone else was laughed at for doing the right thing or for refusing to do the wrong thing? Why do some people laugh when they are told something is wrong? Would you like to have a relationship with God like the one Jeremiah had? What might that mean?
The name Jeremiah means "the Lord raises up." But we can tell from the prophet's complaints that Jeremiah feels the Lord has let him down. His friends laugh at him and he decides not to speak for the Lord anymore. Yet the word of God burns in his heart. He must continue doing the work God has called him to do. He chooses to be true to God and himself, despite the suffering he knows will come.
Discussion Questions for Reading 2
What are some things about "this age," our own times, that we should not conform ourselves to? How can we learn to judge what is good and pleasing to God? How does one get an "attitude adjustment" to be transformed? Ask God to help you when you find that doing God?s will isn?t as easy as you thought.
Paul, like Jeremiah, reminds us that doing God's will is not always easy. We must be ready to do God's will despite the cost to ourselves. Being a spiritual sacrifice often means not putting ourselves first, being different, or becoming transformed to know what is pleasing to God.
What obstacles do you encounter in your discipleship?
Discussion Questions for Gospel
Why did the workers at Ground Zero after 9/11 take a cross-shaped piece of the building that collapsed and place it over the ruins in New York City? Why has the word cross come to mean suffering and sacrifice? What did Jesus show us about suffering? What cross do you think you or others have to carry right now? How can you show you are willing to carry it?
Jesus corrects Peter who did not understand when Jesus said he would go to Jerusalem to suffer, die, and rise again. Peter, like many others, expected Jesus to be a conquering Messiah. Then Jesus tells Peter that he is not judging by God's standards but by man's. Peter had not yet realized that Jesus was going to save us by the cross, and that every disciple must also accept the cross. It will be a part of the life for all his disciples, for all who follow him.