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, January 27, 2019
Today, Jesus proclaims what he was anointed to do. We are anointed also: at Baptism we were Christ-ened. Jesus’ mission is now ours as well. What kind of blindness, poverty, captivity do you encounter? Maybe someone unable to see the embrace of a loving God? Or someone imprisoned by loneliness who could be freed by a call, visit or kind word from you? Or someone sad and weary who would be enriched by your smile or friendly word?
Reflection Question for Sunday, January 20, 2019
The Wedding Feast at Cana: the first miracle, the first sign that Jesus was not just a nice guy from Nazareth, but the Lord of heaven and earth, of wine and water. John records this first sign of his glory in the context of a wedding, the celebration of joy and covenant and promise and trust. No matter how impossible things sometimes seem, can I hear Mary say to me do whatever he tells you?
Reflection Question for Sunday, January 13, 2019
Why was Jesus baptized? Ever wonder? He surely did not need it, but he humbled himself to be baptized by John and thus transformed baptism forever. Now each of us is baptized by the Holy Spirit and fire. And at our baptism, the Father greets us with the same words Luke records here: “You are my beloved son, my beloved daughter, with you I am well pleased.” What will we do in response?
Reflection Question for Sunday, January 6, 2019
Right on the heels of Christmas joy, there are hints of a plot to destroy Jesus. The power of evil – jealousy, fear, lying – is all there in Herod’s response to the threat of another king. But the Magi are persistent and faithful. We search for the Lord like the Magi did, but know that just to want to look for Jesus means that he has already found us.