February 1st, 2015, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Discussion Questions for Reading 1How will you be a prophet to those around you?
Reading 1 Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Reading 1 ReflectionIn this reading Moses assures the people that God will raise up from among their descendants "a prophet like Moses." This prophet will speak what God commands. He will be a true spokesman for God.
Like the people of Israel, we too must be concerned about who can teach us the true will of God. We must realize that often there are false prophets around us, advising us badly. We should turn to Christ and the Church for true teaching of what is God's will for us, what is right and wrong, just and unjust.
Discussion Questions for Reading 2What can we do to keep God at the center of our lives?
Reading 2 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Reading 2 ReflectionThe community in Corinth, was, it seems, always worrying about something. They wrote to Paul with their questions, and Paul tried to teach and reassure them. In this letter he suggests that people look at their lives to see how they can devote themselves to God. Whatever our future state in life as married or unmarried people, we should begin now to give the Lord the most important place in our lives. If we do, everything else will fall into place.
Where do you see authority exercised in line with gospel values?
Discussion Questions for GospelWhat are our attitudes toward authority in our lives? Are our attitudes toward Jesus the same as or different from our attitudes toward other authorities? Does Jesus "authorize" our thoughts and actions? How or when?
Gospel Mark 1:21-28
Gospel ReflectionIn this reading Jesus teaches and acts with authority. In this first miracle recorded by Mark, Jesus shows his power over the forces of evil. Even the evil spirit gives witness to Jesus, recognizing him as "the Holy One of God" and submitting to his commands.
We should learn to trust in Jesus and his loving care for us. We should listen each day for his quiet voice in our hearts, urging us to trust him and to do what he asks.