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 26, 2020
Do you remember falling in love? At some point, whether it grew over time or was “love at first sight” you just knew that this was THE ONE. Most of the time we associate this with the love between spouses, but in today’s Gospel, we have an example of falling in love with Jesus. Peter, Andrew, James, and John were ordinary people doing ordinary things on an ordinary day, but touched by the Holy Spirit, they fell head-over-heels in love with Jesus. Nothing was ever the same for them. How about you?
Reflection Question for Sunday, January 19, 2020
Just before today’s Gospel passage, priests from the temple asked John whether he was the Messiah they were waiting for or not. The people of Israel were longing for the Messiah and asking likely suspects if they were he. The Baptist replied that there was One coming who is mightier than he. Now, “the next day,” John sees Jesus and declares THIS IS THE ONE! Have you ever asked God for something special and had a hard time recognizing when he answered your prayers?
Reflection Question for Sunday, January 12, 2020
John the Baptist sounds surprised by what Jesus asks him to do. John is preaching repentance with a sin-cleansing baptism. He knows that Jesus doesn’t need that! But Jesus uses John’s ministry to change the character of baptism forever when the Father declares Jesus his “beloved Son.” Our baptism knits us also into that same relationship as beloved adopted children of the Father. Has the Holy Spirit ever asked you to do something that surprises you? Put your life at the service of God’s plan. Don’t be afraid.
Reflection Question for Sunday, January 5, 2020
The Magi used reason and the science of their day and followed it back to the Source – God himself. Their rational mindset gave way to joy at discovering the child-king they were seeking. They were able to take a leap of faith and honored this child in humble surroundings with gifts befitting royalty. Have there been times in your life when you were able to recognize that you were on Holy Ground?