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 20, 2018
In the beginning…God blew into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being. Now Jesus, firstborn from the dead, breathes again the breath of life onto his disciples and they receive the Holy Spirit. Life begins anew for them and the world is transformed. The disciples are sent, empowered by the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, to a world dead in fear and sorrow to forgive sins in his name. Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist – our breath of life! Veni Sancte Spiritus!
Reflection Question for Sunday, May 13, 2018
We read of Jesus’ commission to his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” He promises that he will be working with them. They will even speak new languages. Baptism is our commissioning. Have you ever talked with someone and were able to say just the right thing to explain what we believe or to give them comfort or consolation in times of trouble? Perhaps the person told you later how much what you said helped them. Did you wonder, “Now where did that come from?” Now you know! It’s all about Jesus.
Reflection Question for Sunday, May 6, 2018
Joy! Deeper than merely happy. Happiness can turn giddy and vacillate depending on what’s going on around you. Jesus was filled with JOY in his life and ministry, even when he probably wasn’t very happy. Betrayal, frustration, physical agony… not happy events, but beneath it all the throbbing heartbeat of joy. Knowing that the Father loved him and he returned that love grounded his being. And this is the same joy he offers us if we keep his commandment to love as he loves. To lay down our lives for others. How can you do that? Today?
Reflection Question for Sunday, April 29, 2018
Vine and branches: Jesus and us. While we might not know enough about sheep to appreciate fully the Shepherd metaphors that Jesus uses, most of us know something about gardening. Even a good bush or tree can’t just be left on its own. And if you don’t pinch back the basil plant, it gets leggy and you have more stalk than herb. Pruning. Discipline. Necessary for plants and for us. Ever gone through a rough spot or a trial of some sort and emerged with a deeper sense of God working in and through you? You were pruned… thank God for it.