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 15, 2020
Jesus and the Woman at the Well: we all know this story, but listen! The woman’s initial reaction to Jesus is full of practical concerns. Why are you, a Jewish man, talking to me, a Samaritan woman? How can you give me water – you don’t even have a bucket! Give me living water so I don’t have to keep coming back to this well. Jesus ignores these distractions and invites her into an extraordinary relationship with him. What distractions come between you and Jesus?
Reflection Question for Sunday, March 8, 2020
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, March 1 , 2020
Jesus understands what it is like to be tempted. Remember, he is like us in everything but sin. The enticements that the devil presented were attractive, but Jesus never gave in, took the easy way out, or wavered in his total trust of the Father. What tries to lure you away from the Lord?
Reflection Question for Sunday, February 23, 2020
Since Christmas, we have been listening to Jesus describing what it means to be his disciple. The law of love that is written on our hearts means that we can no longer be satisfied with doing the minimum to keep that love alive, but we must reach ever higher and broader to see the world and each other through his eyes. One of the most startling things about being Christian is to realize that God loves our ‘enemies’ as much as he loves us. Can you think of someone in your life that it is hard to love?