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, December 17, 2017
It takes a special grace to recognize that your life’s work is not about you, but about Someone Else. John the Baptist had this gift, imparted to him while still in his mother’s womb. And he responded to the Incarnate Word of God whom Mary brought within her. Jesus anointed him even then to be His messenger: the first person he ‘told’ was his mother when he leaped for joy. Fast forward about 30-some years and we find John announcing the presence of the Living God to a broken world. This is your life’s work, too, isn’t it?
Reflection Question for Sunday, December 10, 2017
“Gospel” means “Good News.” John was attracting people from all over who were falling over themselves to acknowledge their sins and receive a baptism of repentance. John’s baptism was a shadow of the healing Jesus would bring. It is Good News indeed to know that we can unburden ourselves of the dead weight of our sins. It’s Advent…How can you prepare the way of the Lord in your own heart?
Reflection Question for Sunday, December 3, 2017
Advent already! We begin a new Church Year, with Sunday Gospel readings from Mark instead of last year’s Matthew. Jesus’ message is unchanging though, and he reminds us again to be ever-vigilant. For what? Of course, we don’t know when the world will end, or when we ourselves will die. But we also don’t know when we will encounter the Lord in the ordinariness of life: in the touch of a loved one, the smile of a stranger. WATCH. Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.
Reflection Question for Sunday, November 26, 2017
Ever been forced into a guessing game with someone, trying to figure out what they want, how to please them? In the workplace, position descriptions and performance plans are supposed to take the guess-work out of the job expectations, so that at the time of the annual review, we should have no surprises from our boss. Jesus cannot make it any clearer for us than in today’s Gospel. A few weeks ago, he declared that the Greatest Commandment is love of God and neighbor. So how do I love my neighbor? Pray with Matthew 25:31-46.