5 Minute Jesus
“Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ."- —Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd ed., nos. 1177, 2708
This is an opportunity to engage in something that our Parish Council has done for several years and found a very rewarding way to begin meetings. We take the Gospel for the coming Sunday and we pray over it; we read it slowly and then we ask ourselves questions about it and discuss it. It has been so successful, that the parish pastoral staff thought it might be good to open up this way of praying to the whole parish.
So, new website page is called: “5 Minute Jesus”. It is an invitation to reflect on the Gospel reading all week long in preparation for Sunday. Each week the Gospel for the following week will be posted. Along with it, you will find a series of questions for each day of the week. In this way you can keep the page from the bulletin at home. You can pin it to the fridge. You can stick it in your briefcase or purse. And when you have five minutes, you can take the page, reread the gospel slowly and prayerfully, and then reflect for a few minutes on the question for the day. At the end you finish by thinking of some way your reflection could be lived out that day in your life, and by just saying a brief thank you to God.
For those who have had a little more formal training, this method of reading the bible is not called “5 Minute Jesus” of course; it’s called
Lectio Divina. It is one of the oldest ways Christians have studied and prayed with Scripture. We hope that it becomes the newest way for many of our parishioners. At very least we hope that it will be a way you enter into the spirit of prayer and reflection this Lent.