A Lectio Divina Approach to the Sunday and Weekday Liturgy

 

BREAKING THE BREAD OF THE WORD (Series 10, n.2)

SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT: December 4-10, 2011 *

 

(N.B. The pastoral tool BREAKING THE BREAD OF THE WORD: A LECTIO DIVINA APPROACH TO THE SUNDAY LITURGY includes a prayerful study of the Sunday liturgy of Year B from three perspectives. For reflections on the Sunday liturgy based on the Gospel reading, please scroll up to the “ARCHIVES” above and open Series 1. For reflections based on the Old Testament reading, open Series 4. For reflections based on the Second Reading, open Series 7.

 

Series 10 presents A LECTIO DIVINA APPROACH TO THE WEEKDAY LITURGY: December 5-10, 2011. The following reflections are based on the weekday liturgy’s Gospel reading.)

 

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December 5, 2011: ADVENT WEEKDAY (II) - Monday

“Advent: A Time for Caring and Being Cared for by Others”

 

BIBLE READINGS

Is 35:1-10 // Ps 85:9ab-14 // Lk 5:17-26

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

    (By Fr. Marlon Rey R. Chingwangco, Batanes Island, Philippines)

 

Healing of a Paralytic: Truly no man is an island! We need people around us. We have different paralyses in life. Sometimes the paralysis could be our pride, which makes us unmindful of people’s help to us. People can bring us near to Jesus, the healer. We need others that we may be healed. How do we receive people who are instruments of our healing? Do we realize we need “others”? Maybe this “other” is Jesus himself.

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

Who are the people around us who need our care and compassion? How do we respond to their needy situation? When we are in deep need and in an extremely vulnerable situation, do we – just like the paralytic in today’s Gospel - trust in others’ helping hands?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

Lord Jesus, we are not an “island” but interconnected. In this Advent season, help us to trust in others’ helping hands. Teach us likewise to extend our caring hands to people who need your forgiveness and healing. Make us instruments of your saving “advent” in the life of the weak and vulnerable. Maranatha! Come, O Christ the Lord!

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“They were trying to bring the paralytic and set him in the presence of Jesus.” (cf. Lk 5:18)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Pray for caregivers and those who need care. Be sensitive to the people around you and offer them any act of kindness you can give. Today be thankful to people who care for you.

 

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November 6, 2011: ADVENT WEEKDAY (II) – Tuesday

Optional Memorial: Saint Nicholas, Bishop

“Advent: A Time to Seek the Lost”

 

BIBLE READINGS

Is 40:1-11 // Ps 96:1-3,10-13 // Mt 18:12-14

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

    (By Fr. Marlon Rey R. Chingwangco, Batanes Island, Philippines)

 

We can become lost and astray in our life journey. It is very hard and it seems we have nowhere to go. Suddenly there is someone along the way who meets us. He shares his own struggles and inspires us. Do we appreciate such blessings – that when we are lost God sends us someone to inspire us and lead us back on the right path? God will never abandon us. He will always do something to get us back to the sheepfold.

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

What do we do in this Advent season that we may finally be found and go back to the sheepfold? Do we make an effort to pray and listen to the Word of God calling us back home? What do we do to help the Good Shepherd look for the lost sheep?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

Lord Jesus, Advent is a time to seek the lost. We are lost – come to us and lead us home. Help us to be faithful and not be lost again. Give us your shepherd’s heart that with you, we may seek those who have wandered. Maranatha! Come, O Christ the Lord!

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“He goes in search of the stray.” (cf. Mt 18:12b)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Pray that this Advent may be a season of coming home. Make an effort to participate in the parish rite of reconciliation.

 

 

 

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December 7, 2011: Memorial: SAINT AMBROSE – Wednesday

“Advent: A Time to Rest in Him”

 

BIBLE READINGS

Is 40:25-31 // Ps 103:1-4,8,10 // Mt11:28-30

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

    (By Fr. Marlon Rey R. Chingwangco, Batanes Island, Philippines)

 

There are lots of hardships in our life journey. We are sometimes overburdened by many problems and worries. Why not pause for a while? Let us take in the words of our Savior, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.”  It is great that God really cares. He is more powerful than all our troubles and anxieties – than any other things in life.

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

How do we respond to Christ’s invitation to rest in him? Do we allow his advent in our life to give peace to our troubled hearts?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

Lord Jesus, we are troubled – loss of job, financial strain, sickness, death of loved ones, global insecurity, etc. Teach us to make you the center of our life. We entrust to you all our cares. Grant us the peace that the world can never give. Maranatha! Come, O Christ the Lord!

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (cf. Mt 11:28)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Pray for those who are heavily burdened that they may have the inner strength and consolation they need. Do what you can to alleviate the pain and sufferings of the people around you by your charitable deeds and by sharing with them the bread of the Word.

 

 

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 December 8, 2011: THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – Thursday

“Advent: A Time to Imitate Mary’s Fiat

 

BIBLE READINGS

Gn 3:9-15,20 // Ps 98:1-4 // Eph 1:3-6, 11-12 // Lk 1:26-38

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

    (By Fr. Marlon Rey R. Chingwangco, Batanes Island, Philippines)

 

Announcement of the Birth of Jesus: Truly God is good. He will always make things possible, even if humanly impossible. He gives us his only Son. How do we thank him? By being like Mary who surrendered herself to the will of God. She was an instrument of the divine saving plan. How receptive are we to the will of God? Are we humble enough to surrender to him and, like Mary, to let his graces flow through us?

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

Are we grateful to God for the grace of Mary’s Immaculate Conception and her readiness of faith to be at the service of the divine saving plan?  How do we imitate Mary’s Fiat in our daily life?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

Lord Jesus! We thank you for Mary, immaculately conceived that we may be saved. She was completely open to the Father’s will. By her “Fiat”, you became man and redeemed us from sin and death. Teach us to trust in God and in the power of the Spirit. Help us imitate Mother Mary’s Fiat in the daily events of our life and hasten the advent of your kingdom. Maranatha! Come, O Christ the Lord!

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“Let it be done to me according to your word.” (cf. Lk 1:38)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Pray for the grace of total surrender to the will of God. When you are confronted with a difficult situation, learn to say Fiat.

 

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 December 9, 2011: ADVENT WEEKDAY (II) – Friday

Optional Memorial: San Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

“Advent: A Time for Proper Perspective”

 

BIBLE READINGS

Is 48:17-19 // Ps 1:1-4,6 // Mt 11:16-19

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

    (By Fr. Marlon Rey R. Chingwangco, Batanes Island, Philippines)

 

Jesus Laments: Get a sheet of white copy paper and put a dot on it. No matter how small the dot is, you will notice it. Why do we easily look at negative things around us? Why do we keep on looking for mistakes in others? Why do we not look at the positive things around us? Jesus laments the caprice and fastidiousness of the people of his generation. Neither John the Baptist nor Jesus could square up to their standard. Advent is the time for a new perspective … to focus on Jesus and the good around us.

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

Do we have a critical attitude in life? Or do we endeavor to focus on Jesus and get a better perspective of life?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

Lord Jesus, many times we are feckless and full of caprices. We fail to focus on you and commit ourselves to you. Give us a new perspective in life and the eagerness to work for the advent of your kingdom. Maranatha! Come, O Christ the Lord!

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” (cf. Mt 11:19)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Pray for a grace-filled vision of life. Today, consider the people and events around you. Be thankful for the “gifts” you have received through them.

 

 

 

 

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December 10, 2011: ADVENT WEEKDAY (II) – Saturday

“Advent: A Time for Guidance”

 

BIBLE READINGS

Sir 48:1-4,9-11 // Ps 80:2-3,15-16 // Mt 17:9a,10-13

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

    (By Fr. Marlon Rey R. Chingwangco, Batanes Island, Philippines)

 

The Coming of Elijah: God is good all the time. He continues to send people to help us to be good and do what is right. But we are hardheaded. We do not listen nor appreciate them. We stick to our erroneous beliefs. Let us look deep within and see if we are grateful to God for sending us a modern “Elijah” and “John the Baptist” to lead us on the right path.

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

Are we open to receive guidance from the word of God and the teaching of the Church? Do we seek to be enlightened on today’s socio-moral issues by studying the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Do we listen to our pastors as they explicate for us the word of God and present to us Church tradition?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

Lord Jesus, you are the way, truth and life. Guide us by the light of your Word and through Mother Church, the pillar of truth. Nourished by the bread of the Word and the Eucharist, may we be like Elijah and John the Baptist – prophets of truth - in today’s world. Maranatha! Come, O Christ the Lord!

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him.” (cf. Mt 17:12)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Pray for today’s prophets of truth and that we may be receptive to their message. Make an effort to read the Gospel readings of the Advent liturgy and share the power of the Word with the people around you.

 

 

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang  PDDM

 

 

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