What is Lectio Divina? While reading sacred scripture, read the words with a love and sense of discovery until something seems to strike home. Sit with the passage as one would with a good friend- not just thinking or analyzing, but instead remaining in a quiet, listening spirit, so the word can nurture and challenge you.
Call to Prayer “Let us take a moment in the midst of all our activity to prepare ourselves for prayer.”
The Word of God Choose one of next Sunday’s readings. One person reads the scripture aloud as others are attentive to a word, phrase, or theme that is meaningful to them. Allow for a minute of silent reflection. Have another person read the same scripture a second time. Excerpts from SNOW FALLING ON SNOW Copyright 2001 by Robert J. Wicks Used with permission of Paulist Press www.paulistpress.com
Faith Sharing Begin with an open ended question such as “What strikes you from this reading?” and/or you can use the “Reflection Question” found on our website or bulletin. Allow time for reflection & sharing.
Closing Prayer At the end of the faith sharing, invite participants to pray aloud for any particular petitions or praises they may have. Feel free to close with: The Lord’s Prayer or Spontaneous prayers or a faith-based song.
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Reflection Question for Sunday, September 23, 2018
What is power? Who is great? Jesus talks about facing rejection and death, being the servant instead of first in line. In 1st century Palestine, no one had less power or greatness than a child, yet to accept and treasure a child is to receive Jesus and the Father. The disciples seem like slow learners and not really paying attention. Do I?
Reflection Question for Sunday, September 16, 2018
Poor Peter! He thought he had Jesus figured out, but his idea of God’s Anointed One – the Christ –did not include suffering, rejection and death. Think about this exchange between Jesus and his friends the next time you are shocked and disheartened when “bad things happen to good people.”
Reflection Question for Sunday, September 9, 2018
The people who love us often are the ones who bring us to Jesus, like the friends of the deaf man in today’s Gospel. But until we go off with him alone, “away from the crowd” we will never experience the joy and healing he longs to give us. Take some time – 10 minutes a day? – to be alone with the One who loves you. Your ears will be opened to his voice.
Reflection Question for Sunday, September 2, 2018
We call it “paying lip service” and talk about the “letter” of the law versus the “spirit” of the law. We can see how it applies to things like business dealings or the courts. How much more to our relationship with the Lord!