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, August 20, 2017
How bold this woman is! With inspired insight, three times she calls Jesus “Lord” (a divine title) and also “Son of David”, a very Jewish honorific. Imagine Jesus smiling during this repartee when she matches his remark with a witty comeback – “even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the master’s table.” He calls her “woman,” a respectful form of address in 1st century Palestine. Jesus sees beneath the surface and honors the courage and faith of this Canaanite who the Jews dismissed as heathen. Can you recognize Christ in unexpected people?
Reflection Question for Sunday, August 13, 2017
Jesus made the disciples get into a boat. Another translation says forced. The disciples had just witnessed Jesus feeding a crowd from practically nothing. They had had a role in that, since Jesus multiplied the bread and fish they offered him. An exhilarating experience. Now it is time for another lesson. It’s easy to believe when things are going well. But what of those times when everything is falling apart – job, family, ministry? Jesus sometimes has to force us into situations where we are left with only him to rely upon. Like Peter, we start out fine, but then panic. Can you trust Jesus?
Reflection Question for Sunday, August 6, 2017
There is an expression: “a mountain top experience” that everyone understands, even the secular world. Here, in the story of the Transfiguration, is its origin. Peter, James and John catch a glimpse of the glory of the Lord and they don’t want it to end. But they were able to come down from the mountain, and eventually proclaim that Jesus is LORD. The second reading (2 Peter 1:16-19) today shows that Peter pondered this mountain top experience in his heart and it changed his life. Think of one of your mountain top experiences and let it inform your life
Reflection Question for Sunday, July 30, 2017
Jesus is the great teacher. He explains the inexplicable by using examples his listeners can understand. The stories Matthew tells us today show that discipleship – total commitment to Jesus – is not the burden it might seem, but pure joy. All that the merchant owns and values suddenly becomes expendable and useless compared with real treasure. Have you let go of anything that was precious to you when you found something better? Can you trust that Jesus is “worth” whatever you give up for his sake?