Let’s walk through Session 5 from Part 2* – Jesus, Host of Meals – which focuses on the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Each session lasts about 90 minutes.
Participants begin by coming together and socializing – familiarity and deeper conversations deepen each week. Once the participants are ready, the Group Leader guides them into the Initial Reflection Questions which help focus the participants on the themes for the session:
How do I accept the invitation each week to join with the community of faith at the Sunday Mass to be transformed and reconciled?
Following the reflection questions, participants move on to a Scripture Reading. In this session, the selected passage is Matthew, 26:17-30. One participant will read the passage aloud as others listen prayfully. After the Scripture is read, there is a Moment of Silence during which participants reflect on the Scripture and the parts which most stood out to them and moved them.
Next, participants watch the Video Presentation which ties the Scripture passage to a modern example. Click the image below to watch the full video for the Session Jesus, Host of Meals – Servant at the Last Supper.
Participants spend a few minutes reflecting on the video and then move onto the Exploration portion of the session where discussion questions help to guide conversation. In this session, participants discuss the following question along with several others:
The Eucharist has been central to the life and worship of The Church from the beginning. Describe the ways in which the Mass is central to your life and the life of your family.
After the discussion, there is time for Contemplation where participants empty their minds and quiet themselves to be in the Lord’s presence as they hear again part of the selected Scripture:
The he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Participants are invited by the Group Leader to share one word or phrase that stood out to them if they feel moved to do so after time for reflection. Finally, the sessions conclude with a Prayer, suggested Action for the upcoming week, and Hospitality. There is also reading for during the week in between sessions and space for journaling!
Through these sessions, participants are able to nourish their own spirituality and deepen their faith through encounter with Christ and his community of faith.
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