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, June 7, 2020
The Gospel reading today contains that quote that you sometimes see on hand-held posters at sporting events: John 3:16 (“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son .”). Ever wonder how many people actually know the words or bother to look them up? The verse that follows is something we often lose sight of – that Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save it. It’s easy to bemoan, “What is this world coming to?”, but remember that our commission is to help bring it to Jesus.
Reflection Question for Sunday, May 31, 2020
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 disciple 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. Veni Sancte Spiritus!
Reflection Question for Sunday, May 24, 2020
This final passage in Matthew’s Gospel is called the “Great Commission.” The disciples obey the women who had seen the Risen Lord and go to Galilee where he awaits them. There they worship and “doubt” him at the same time. Another translation is that they “hesitated.” Jesus isn’t put off by that: he approaches them. He entrusts to eleven ordinary men the responsibility to transform the entire world through the power of Baptism. The disciples are sent to make others into disciples just as they have been commissioned. You received this Great Commission at your baptism. Don’t hesitate! Don’t be afraid!
Reflection Question for Sunday, May 17, 2020
Jesus is preparing his disciples for the day when he will not be a visible presence in their midst. He promises that the Spirit will enable each of us to realize that we are knit into the very life of the Trinity and will never be abandoned. God is closer to us than we are to ourselves. If you really and truly believe this, what difference could it make in your life? What difference could it make to everyone you meet?