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, July 2, 2017
Jesus is being honest with his apostles and with us about the cost of discipleship. He must be the center of our lives. No one and no thing can be more important than our relationship with him. Easy? No, but necessary. In the second part of the Gospel, Jesus identifies so closely with those who accept his challenging mission that those who treat his disciples with kindness and respect are rewarded as if they had received Jesus himself.
Reflection Question for Sunday, June 25, 2017
We live in a scary world. But is this something new? Maybe we just know about bad stuff so much quicker and in more graphic detail than the people in times past. Listen to the opening words of the first reading “Terror on every side!” Jeremiah knew how scary things can be. But Jesus assures us that no matter what is happening, God the Father wraps us in his loving protection. Do not be afraid.
Reflection Question for Sunday, June 18, 2017
Jesus takes Incarnation seriously. Not only did God want to become human in a generic-sense, he wants it to be personal and ever-renewing for each one of us. How much closer can the Risen Lord be to you than to become your food and drink? He is your source of life: a New Life through the power of the Holy Spirit. What difference should this – could this – make in your life this week?
Reflection Question for Sunday, June 11, 2017
The Gospel reading today contains that quote that you sometimes see on hand-held posters at sporting events: John 3:16. (“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son….”) Ever wonder how many people actually know the words, or bother to look it up? The verse that follows is something we often lose sight of – that Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save it. It’s easy to bemoan “what is this world coming to?” But remember that our commission is to help bring it to Jesus.