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, October 29, 2017
Jesus tells us that the whole law and prophets depend on love of God and neighbor. But what is love? Think “hospitality.” Hospitality is consciously paying attention to those around you. Taking the time to be aware of God’s presence in your life. Letting go of doing what you want to do when you want to do it so you can create space in your life to welcome another in. By offering your time, energy and heart to God and to your neighbor, you proclaim the love which Jesus embodied and become a gracious sign of the Kingdom of God.
Reflection Question for Sunday, October 22, 2017
Today’s Gospel is frequently used to explain the separation of Church and State. Does it seem that “separation” has come to mean that we must eliminate any sense of right and wrong from the public square? Jesus in his encounter with the Pharisees tells them to give Caesar what belongs to him, but give to God what belongs to God. Think about it! What do we have that has not been given by God? “I am the Lord, there is no other, there is no God besides me.” (Isaiah 45:5a, from the 1st reading).
Reflection Question for Sunday, October 15, 2017
At Baptism we were invited by God to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb – the everlasting celebration in heaven. Each week we are called to the Feast at Sunday Mass and sent into the world to “go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” How well do we remain faithful to that mission each day? Accepting the invitation means being ready to join the feast even if it might not be convenient.
Reflection Question for Sunday, October 8, 2017
Each October, we pray for an appreciation of God’s gift of life from natural conception to natural death. In the Gospel, Jesus quotes Psalm 118 when he talks about the stone which the builders rejected becoming the cornerstone of the Kingdom. Think of those our society deems not worthy of respect or dignity – the pre-born, the marginalized, the very ill. People who seem like an inconvenience or a burden. They are precious to God and wonderful is his eyes. Pray for a conversion of hearts that we may always see with God’s eyes.