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, March 14, 2021
Jesus did not come to condemn but to save. He is the Light who, if we allow him, will let us truly see. See what? The Truth about ourselves. Sometimes, as they say, Truth hurts, but it is a purifying pain that strips away illusions and self-deception. A liberating Truth that will lead us to Life. Have there been times when you preferred darkness to Light?
REFLECTION QUESTION for Sunday, March 7, 2021
For the Jewish people, no thing and no place was more sacred than the Temple. Jesus’ radical action of driving out the profit-making businesses that gouged the worshipers with over-priced animals for sacrifice may have brought a silent cheer from those who were scandalized by the practice. But his mission is not to restore the Temple to what it was but to signal the dawn of the New Covenant with himself as the Temple. His love through the Sacraments has made YOU a Temple of the Holy Spirit. Lent is a chance to examine your Temple and see what needs to be driven out. Anything come to mind?
REFLECTION QUESTION for Sunday, February 28, 2021
Each year on the 2nd Sunday of Lent, the Church invites us to pray with Peter, James, and John as they witness Jesus’ full glory revealed in the Transfiguration. The voice of the Father repeats the same words we heard at the Baptism of Jesus, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Now, the Father asks that we respond – “LISTEN to him.” As you begin your Lenten conversion experience, what is Jesus saying to you? Today.
REFLECTION QUESTION for Sunday, February 21, 2021
In his account of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, Mark does not elaborate on the specific temptations. He provides no exchange between Jesus and the demon in order to capture your imagination. Just temptation, the devil, and wild beasts for a long time. Notice though that the Spirit is always present, accompanied by ministering angels. Even in the darkest trials and fears-with-no-name, like Jesus, we are not alone. Jesus has been there, been through it, and triumphed. The Spirit will never desert you either. Have you ever felt abandoned, terrified? Talk with Jesus about it.