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USCCB Lectio Divina for Second Sunday of Lent

Lectio Divina is a form of meditation rooted in liturgical celebration that dates back to early monastic communities. It involves focused reading of Scripture (lectio), meditation on the Word of God (meditatio), contemplation of the Word and its meaning in one’s life (contemplatio) and ends with prayer (oratio). For this Lent, we will have a Lectio Divina resource for the readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent that can be used by individuals or in group settings.

Second Sunday of Lent Lectio Divina

Segundo Domingo de Cuaresma

Homily for Monday, May 18, 2015

Readings for Today

In the early Church there was a problem with distinguishing the place and relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist, especially when considering the question of baptism. John moved into a baptism that was a sign and symbol of repentance. Yet he baptized Jesus, who was in no need of repentance. There were those who heard John preach and thought he might be the Messiah, the anointed sent be God for the Jewish people. And even today’s first reading shows the confusion between the baptism received by John, and the baptism celebrated by the early Church after the resurrection of Jesus. So just what is the difference?

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Homily for Friday, April 10, 2015

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What’s in a name? I suspect if I rattled off a few slogans and jingles, it would not take too long to identify the name of the company that uses it. The first question asked of new parents is what the name of the new child is. When a new sports team is created, there is much thought given to the name of the team. When thinking of the name of a website, great care is given to come up with something that is easy to remember.

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Homily for Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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I do not like being dependent on others. While there are times when it is a good thing, there are also times where I do too many things myself when I would be better to let others help. And so the thought of having to be carried anywhere, to be so dependent upon others that I could not go anywhere without being carried by others, is not in any way an enjoyable situation for me. Every day, day after day, this man is carried to beg. Not only is he dependent upon others to move, he is also dependent upon others for sustenance. Were it not for others, the man would likely die.

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Homily for Monday, January 12, 2015

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Last week the Dominicans of the Central Province held their assembly, and I went. One of the speakers we heard was Sherry Wedell, the author of a book, Forming Intentional Disciples.  She spoke of the importance for us to think of the need in the Church for disciples, and how we might understand better the process of becoming a disciple. One phrase she used was “drop the net”, which refers to the moment we hear about today in the gospel where the fishermen “drop their nets” to follow Jesus, the moment they choose to become disciples.

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Homily for Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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What’s in a name? These “O antiphons” we have been considering over the past few days are historical ways of referring to the Messiah, in essence, the ways people named the Messiah. In today’s gospel, there is a bit of a controversy. it was fully expected that the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth would be named Zechariah like his father. At the very least, there was the expectation that the name chosen would be a name of someone in the family, a relative known to all.

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Homily for Friday, November 28, 2014

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You may have noticed over the past couple of weeks that the readings are clearly focused on the end of time. John has taken great pains to describe visions that he has seen about the next life in the next world. In the midst of all of this, perhaps the most important observation that John makes is the vision of a new heavens and a new earth. The reason I think this is so important for us, is all too often in our lives there are too many instances where we see things that are falling apart. I am not talking simply about physical things, although certainly watching someone age, and experience the inevitable hardships that come with growing older, is certainly quite important.

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Homily for Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Are you one of those people who, when reading a mystery, go first to the end of the book so that you know how it’s going to turn out? For some people, reading a mystery novel this way helps them to enjoy the book more. In literary terms, we see something like this any time we encounter a flashback. There is a current television show, entitled How to Get Away with Murder, which began by showing the end of the show first. The rest of the series, was an attempt to take viewers through the pathways that lead to the event at the beginning of the show, which of course, was really the end.

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Homily for Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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What is it like to hear the voice of God?  What is it like to be so overwhelmed by religious experience that we do not want it to end?  How does one respond when becoming overwhelmed by the love of God? Today’s celebration of the Transfiguration is a rather interesting one indeed. All three gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke have a version of this story. In Peter’s letter, which we hear today recalls the experience Peter have on the top of the mountain with Jesus.

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