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LECTIO
DIVINA

Lectio divina is a method of prayer from the monastic tradition of Christianity. It is translated as “holy reading,” “divine reading”, “meditative reading,” or “spiritual reading.”

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IGNATIAN GOSPEL CONTEMPLATION

Ignatian contemplation is a very active way of praying that engages the mind and heart and stirs up thoughts and emotions and is suited especially for the Gospels.

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Weekly Reflection

Fill the Jars with Water

01-20-2019We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 44, No. 1

Changing water into wine at the wedding at Cana is registered as Jesus’ first miracle, but John does not refer to these acts as miracles. He calls them “signs,” for they are performed in order to reveal God’s presence in human history. What does this sign reveal? Let’s look at the first reading for a clue. Isaiah used wedding imagery (“as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride”) and the metaphor of a marriage (“makes your land his spouse”) to describe God’s relationship to humanity (Isaiah 62:4, 5). God and humanity are united as in marriage. A covenant, a bond, has been established. In the Gospel, Jesus transforms water, which guests use to celebrate the wedding (for ceremonial washings), into wine, which guests use to celebrate the wedding. We will see wine again when Jesus’ hour truly comes: at the Last Supper, where it becomes his blood, and on the cross, where he drinks fully from the cup he cannot let pass, the cup of salvation. Jesus is actually the bridegroom, sent by God to humanity, which is the bride. Today and every Sunday, we come together to celebrate this bond and to drink the wine, the good wine, from the cup of salvation.

If the Church is the bride of Christ, how is the Mass like a wedding?

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Scam Alert

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Knights of Columbus Pro-Life Rosary

Jan 22 6:00pm

at the Memorial for the Unborn outside the front of the church

Pro-Life Rosary recitation in honor of the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. All are welcome to attend.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

Jan 22 - Jan 23

Basketball Hoop in the Church Parking Lot (during CYE)

For Boys & Girls 9-14 years old

For more information, contact Ricardo Miro at 407-484-1941.

Vacation Bible School 2019 Volunteer Meeting

Jan 24 6:00pm

For children ages 5-12
More details to come!

Volunteers VBS Meeting - Thu, Jan 24 at 6:00pm in the Faith Formation Bldg. Room #5

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Vocations to the Priesthood

Jan 25 7:00pm - 9:00pm

at San Pedro Spiritual Development Center, Winter Park

RSVP to the Office of Vocations, ddinh@orlandodiocese.org.

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