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 7, 2019
When Jesus talks about needing more laborers for the abundant harvest, what do you think of? More priests? More deacons? More consecrated religious? Yes AND – more of us – you and me. At our baptism, God calls each of us by name to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God. You are a laborer in your little section of His vineyard, a missionary to those whom you encounter. Lord, to whom will you send me today?
Reflection Question for Sunday, June 30, 2019
Today’s readings remind us of the cost of following the Lord. Elisha didn’t store his oxen and plow in a barn just in case being Elijah’s successor didn’t work out. He didn’t hedge his bet. Rather, he trusted completely that God was calling him to be a prophet. Jesus reminds his disciples that they must let nothing get in the way of following him. What is Jesus asking me to let go of today to love him more completely?
Reflection Question for Sunday, June 23, 2019
Pay attention to the details of today’s Gospel – it’s more than just the overwhelming generosity of Jesus’ response to a hungry crowd. Jesus tells his disciples: “Give them some food yourselves.” On their own, the disciples could not possibly have fed all those people, let alone have ended up with baskets full of leftovers. But Jesus wants them to be part of his mission. So he “gave [the food] to the disciples to set before the crowd.” Jesus performs this gracious miracle of hospitality with and through those whom he has called. The Eucharist can never be “my” communion; rather it is a gift we are given to share. We are sent to “go in peace to love and serve the Lord.”
Reflection Question for Sunday, June 16, 2019
Paul writes in the Letter to the Romans: The love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Jesus promised that the Spirit will guide us to all Truth that comes from the Father. Our Baptism changes everything: it knits us into the very life of the Trinity. How different would our world be if we remembered that more often?