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PRAYERS & DEVOTIONS

“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

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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, this series is called “5 Minute Jesus." It is an invitation to reflect on the Gospel reading all week 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, 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.

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The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(10/2/23 - 10/8/23)

 

It's simple. Read the Gospel for next Sunday slowly, reflecting on the story it tells. Consider the questions asked each day. What conversion of heart, mind, and life might the Lord be asking of you at this moment of your life? Make a resolution about how your reflection of God’s Word might be lived out that day. Thank God for speaking to you through your reflection.

MATTHEW 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,  “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken that seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’  You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Monday, October 30

In this Gospel, Jesus is speaking to the Jewish crowds and his disciples about the scribes and Pharisees. What is Jesus’ message to them?

 

Tuesday, October 31

Why do you think Jesus tells his disciples to do and observe whatever the scribes and Pharisees tell them to do, but not to “follow their example”?

 

Wednesday, November 1

Jesus tells us that for the scribes and Pharisees, “all their works are performed to be seen.” In what ways do the scribes and Pharisees demonstrate their need for high regard and adulation?

 

Thursday, November 2

Seeking places of honor and the best seats at public gatherings are not unexpected behaviors among Church leaders. How do you understand Jesus’ criticism of the scribes and Pharisees misplaced focus on human accolades?

 

Friday, November 3

Matthew’s message is twofold. He asks, do we practice what we preach, and do we give undue honor to those with titles in the Church, neglecting the ordinary worshipper? What do you think of status, titles, and honor?

 

Saturday, November 4

How does Jesus, our heavenly Father, instruct us and lead us as communities of faith?

Stations of the Cross & the Saints

The file below is a guide which seeks to helps us reflect each Station of the Cross and with an added bonus. Recently, images of 14 Saints have been mounted beneath each Station. This guide, provides brief commentary on the possible relationship between the Saint and the theme of the station as well as an opportunity to contemplate your personal responses to one or two relevant questions.

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