You are invited to “Word Working”! This invitation to you is not for you to work on the Word but rather to allow the Word of God to work on you…to work on your parish…on our Diocese.
“Word Working” is a style of scripture reflection, a method of scriptural prayer, a distinctive way of engaging God’s Word so as to be shaped by that Word for God’s work both within and beyond our Church.
“Word Working” draws from ancient “Lectio Divina”, traditional “Collatio”, and contemporary “Scripture Sharing” to give us in the Diocese of Dodge City a shared way of entering into prayer and engaging the Scriptures in order to be nourished for service in the world.
“Word Working” uses “respectful communication guidelines” and “mutual invitation” as ways to help ensure an open place in groups and in our hearts for the Word to work.
“Word Working” may be used as prayer/scripture reflection for parish pastoral council meetings, prayer time at other parish meetings and with parish groups, an integral part of educational and formational sessions for adults and youth, and for small groups. Parish Pastoral Councils are encouraged to make use of “Word Working” not only as their opening prayer but equally important as their first agenda item: What is God’s Word saying to us about how and in what direction we should be leading our Parish?
Jesus said to his disciples:
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,
which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.
When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
"Do you understand all these things?"
They answered, "Yes."
And he replied,
"Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old."
After reading the first time…invite to share, a word, a phrase, idea, image or thought.
After reading the second time… invite to share: What I value most in life is…What I need to reevaluate in my life is…
After reading the third time… invite to share…what I am called to do or what I am called to change?
Then move around the circle…offering prayer of thanks (Thank you God…) and petition (Please God…). Conclude by praying the Lord’s Prayer together.
Remember one is always free to pass.