Reflect on the Sunday Mass readings for the following weekend. Advantages of this approach: 1. A small group can continue indefinitely on this track, since there is always Sunday Mass. 2. Reflecting on the readings will increase your appreciation of the liturgy and make it more rewarding for you. There are many resources for study on the Sunday readings. Some of them: At Home with the Word (www.LTP.org), Sunday By Sunday (goodgroundpress.com), The United States Catholic Bishops’ website also offers reflections on the readings. Go to USCCB.org, click on Bible, then click on Today’s readings, video or audio.
Before you do that, you could learn the Lectio Divina technique. This is an excellent tool for approaching Scripture, a prayerful and reflective way to read the Bible. A small group could avail themselves of the online study offered through www.holycrossopks.formed.org Click on “Community” then click on “Lectio.” This study consists of five sessions, each with a 30 minute video, meditations and study questions. This study could prepare the small group to move on to the Sunday readings for further study.
A small group could also explore a particular topic or theme. Renew International offers At Prayer with Mary, seven sessions on the life and mystery of Mary. Renew also offers a twelve session series on Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si, called Creation at the Crossroads. These resources are available at www.renewinterl.org
Reading the Signs of the Times: A Seven-Week Small Group Process for Social Change is available at www.LTP.org
The Archdiocese also has a digital resource center which can be accessed at www.archkck.org.
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