Lectio Divina: Feast of St Kentigern Put out into deep water.

The start of Ordinary Time in Glasgow is under the patronage of the founder of our Diocese.

The readings invite us to reflect on God’s will for his church and his people.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Friday

‘Master’, Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets’. (Luke 5:5)

  • Remember a time when you felt frustrated when things didn’t work as they should.
  • Have you ever given up on something because of repeated difficulty or failure?
  • In your spiritual life, when have you felt that something isn’t working that used to be good?
  • What is God asking you to do for him today?

Saturday

Simon Peter fell at the knees of Jesus saying, ‘Leave me Lord, for I am a sinful man’. (Luke 5:8)

  • When have you said those words to Jesus?
  • Has your awareness of your sinfulness meant that you’ve tried to keep Jesus at arm’s length?
  • When has God done something in your life that was overwhelming?
  • What is God doing for you now that is beyond your expectation?

Sunday.  Feast of St Kentigern.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of one who brings good news, who heralds peace, brings happiness, proclaims salvation. (Isaiah 52:7)

  • Remember a time when someone gave you good news. How did it feel?
  • Have you ever been the bearer of good news to anyone? What was best about that role?
  • In which aspects of the life do you need peace and happiness?
  • What Good News does God have for you today?

Monday.

Proclaim the wonders of the Lord among all the peoples. (Psalm 95:3)

  • Make a list of some of the wonders of the Lord in your own life.
  • Continue to list the wonders of the Lord in the lives of those you love.
  • List the wonders of the Lord in the world around you.
  • What wonders is the Lord working in your life currently?

Tuesday.

 Proclaim the message, and welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience – but do all with patience and with the intention of teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2)

  • Have you ever been corrected or called to obedience? How was it done?
  • Is there a particular falsehood in your life that needs to be refuted?
  • How is your patience when you feel others are in error?
  • Feel God’s patience with you as he awaits your full participation in his life?

Wednesday.

Jesus was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God. (Luke 5:1)

  • Try to picture the scene, imagine the enthusiasm of the crowd.
  • Remember a time when you enthusiastically listened to someone.
  • Has the word of God ever brought that feeling to you?
  • What is the word God is addressing to you now?

Thursday.

When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’  (Luke 5:4)

  • Have you experienced doing something out of the ordinary that paid off?
  • How does it feel when someone suggests trying something different?
  • St John Paul used this quote to speak about the way the church should act in the third millennium. What should the church do differently?
  • What is God asking you to do differently?

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