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, November 17, 2019
It sounds like Jesus is reading from today’s headlines in the Gospel this week. Plagues, earthquakes, famines. As if these natural disasters weren’t enough, there are wars, insurrections, and general persecution of those who follow Christ. Not just from outsiders, but even within the family there will be dissension and betrayal. Jesus never promised that it would be easy, but he did promise that we would never be alone in the struggle to spread the Good News that the reign of God has begun. Can you trust Jesus?
Reflection Question for Sunday, November 10, 2019
Jesus gives us a glimpse of heaven while challenging the Sadducees to “think outside the box.” For them, “resurrection of the body” doesn’t make sense: Moses instructed the brother(s) of a dead man to marry his widow. It would be too complicated if she winds up with seven husbands in heaven. Jesus reminds them that the Lord is God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: the God of the living. Heaven is not just an extension of life as we know it, but true and complete intimacy with God. And with those God loves. From the funeral liturgy: Life is not ended, but changed (completely).
Reflection Question for Sunday, November 3, 2019
Listen! Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. It’s easy to forget sometimes that Jesus was like us in ALL things, except sin. He made plans. He had a schedule. There were places to go, things to do, and people to see. He didn’t plan on lingering in Jericho. Unlike us, though, Jesus was always ready to let go of what he wanted to do to be free to reach out in love. Who will upset your plans this week? Pray for the grace to let go.
Reflection Question for Sunday, October 27, 2019
Sometimes we have to guess to whom Jesus is addressing his parable. Not this week. It’s for “those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.” Ouch! It’s a real problem for those of us who are blessed to be able to do a lot – a lot of service, a lot of praying, a lot of almsgiving. A lot of…well, anything that seems God-centered. But listen to the prayer of the Pharisee. How many times does he say “I”? O God, be merciful to us. We are nothing without you.