Mission Table Prayer
Lectio Divina (A Holy reading and reflection) on John 20:19-22
by Mrs. AnneMarie Freeman, Spiritual Director
In this reflection the scripture will be read three times. Each time participants are asked to reflect in a particular way on what they are hearing. This allows our minds to be more open and able to listen to the scripture as it speaks to us.
First reading: While listening please think of the scene being described, and picture it in your mind. Think of what the scene looks like before Jesus arrives and then after he arrives.
Follow this first reading with 1 minute of silence for reflection.
Second reading: How put yourselves into the picture, either as a disciple or as an observer, or as Jesus. Be aware of feelings that arise in you as you listen and become a participant in the scene.
Follow the second reading with 1 – 2 minutes of silence.
Third reading: Now pick a phrase that touches you the most or has the most meaning for you at this time. Repeat that phrase or word over and over to yourself. Let its meaning sink in and allow the scripture to speak to you.
Follow this reading with 2 minutes of silence for reflection.
When this process is completed the following questions might serve to stimulate discussion around the table.
- Share either the phrase that was important or who you became in the scene.
- In verse 19 the disciples were behind locked doors in fear of the Jews. Are we behind “proverbial” locked doors? If so, who or what do we fear?
- In verse 20 the disciples were overjoyed when they saw Jesus. Are we not overjoyed when we worship and receive the communion meal? In a sense we are seeing Jesus. How do we react to that sense of joy?
- What do the words “I am sending you” mean to you?
- Do you feel you have received the Holy Spirit? If not, is there a way for the community to help?
(In the Bible the Holy Spirit was received as a community experience. Jesus was with them in body only momentarily but the disciples continued to have each other to depend on.)