Praying with Sunday's Scriptures
Editor's note: To help small faith-sharing groups, a Diocesan Faith Sharing Writing Team has prepared a Lenten series using the Renew model. The series will appear in The Compass throughout Lent. The readings will return in the March 29 issue. Readings for the upcoming week will continue to be listed.
March 10, 2002, Fourth Sunday of Lent
Reading I: 1 Samuel 16 1,6-7,10-13
Reading II: Ephesians 5:8-14
Gospel: John 9:1-11
By Carol Jensen
Focus: We are challenged to see: to see God's light shining in our world.
Opening Prayer: Pray Psalm 27 (Trust in God) in alternating choruses:
Side 1: praying verses 1-3
Side 2: praying verses 4-6
Side 1: praying verses 7-10
Side 2: praying verses 11-14
Scripture Sharing: What thought, line or image from the Scripture readings caught your attention or spoke to your life experiences?
Reflection: This week's readings call us to open our eyes! They call us to see God among us. In the first reading God sees in David the leader no one else yet sees. David is anointed and knows God walks with him, even in his youth and imperfections.
In the Gospel, Jesus works through another unlikely source--a man born blind. Through this man's healing and faith, Jesus' light shines forth. We are called to keep "seeing," to keep seeking the light of God in our own lives.
What surprises does God have in store for you this week? What do you need to "see" in a new light?
1. David was very young when he was called. Share an example or story of a teen or college student who by word or action has let his or her faith shine.
2. The blind man in the Gospel began to see not only physically, but also through the eyes of faith. What experiences have led you to a deeper faith? What other experiences might you like to try?
3. What are sources of darkness in our world? What are sources of light for you? Name a specific action you will take this week to bring light into the world.
Action Response: How are you 'summoned to serve'?
1. Light a candle each day this week to remind yourself to bring light into the world.
2. Check your parish or community library for new faith-related books, tapes or CD's to help you see your faith in a new way.
3. Pray for those who are blind or visually impaired. Donate any used eye glasses you might have to your local Lions Club.
Pass a lit candle from person to person in your group as individuals bring their intentions to prayer. After each intention, your response can be: "We are the light of the world; let our light shine before all."
(Carol Jensen is the Interparish Adult Enrichment Coordinator at St. Mary and St. Joseph parishes in Appleton.)