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, May 7, 2017
This is called “Good Shepherd Sunday” and if you pay attention to the readings you will understand why. The figure of a shepherd may not be very meaningful for us who don’t live with sheep. But a God who calls us each by name and leads us … a voice we recognize and follow … that strikes a chord. When things seem bleak and you feel lost and abandoned, remember that Jesus knows your name and whispers “I love you.” Listen…follow.
Reflection Question for Sunday, April 30, 2017
The Resurrection changes everything! The disciples on the road to Emmaus had to re-learn everything they thought they knew about Scripture and see it anew through the prism of the Risen Lord. Jesus transformed their desolation into joy in his celebration of the Word and the Breaking of the Bread. They ran back to Jerusalem to proclaim the Good News. Does celebrating Mass each week change your life? Think of it: Jesus is as present to YOU, now, today in Word and Sacrament as he was to these disciples. Do you want to run out and proclaim the GOOD NEWS? If not, why not?!
Reflection Question for Sunday, April 23, 2017
Fear is the curse of sin. Since Adam, all through Scripture, prophets and angelic messengers must first calm the fears of those to whom they bring Good News. Now, quivering in fear that what had happened to Jesus would next come to them, the disciples were afraid. It took a couple of visits from Jesus to have them unlock that door. It took the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to finally release them from fear. Be as patient with yourself as the Lord is with you. Can you trust in his loving kindness and mercy?
Reflection Question for Sunday, April 16, 2017
The apostles who arrived at the empty tomb did not understand what had happened. So “seeing is NOT always believing” is it? It is the same with us. We get a glimmer of what it means to discover the personal relationship Jesus wants with each of us, but it takes years – our whole lifetime and forever – to understand and appreciate it. He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!