A method for exploring the Gospel
Establish what week of the Liturgical Year it is,
and the source of the reading
Invite the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire each participant.
Phase 1:
·        Read the text, make no judgements, form no opinions,
·        allow the text in it’s entirety to speak
·        Notice names, places, groups, movement, etc.
·        Establish what’s happening in this segment
·        Pause for a moment to allow the Word settle
Phase 2:
·        Read the text
·        Allow this reading to call other biblical texts to mind
·        Make no judgements, form no opinions
·        Pause for a moment to allow the Word settle
Phase 3
·        Read the text
·        Pause for a moment to allow the Word settle
·        Hold onto the one word or phrase that strikes you
·        Repeat it aloud, but do not explain!
Phase 4
·        Reflect aloud to the group what this reading has stirred in you – each person’s reflection should express the implications of this for ones own living as a Christian, rather than being a type of instruction for others.
·        The group could answer the question – what good news do you hear in this gospel passage?
·        How can we present this message during the liturgy of the Word?
·        How can we highlight this message throughout the liturgy?
Phase 5
·        Speak your response to the Lord in prayer
Acknowledge the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in each participant, and give thanks.
Luke 16:19-31
 19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21and longing to eat what fell from the rich mans table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
 22“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abrahams side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In hell,[a] where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24So he called to him, Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.
 25“But Abraham replied, Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.
 27“He answered, Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my fathers house, 28for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.
 29“Abraham replied, They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.
 30” No, father Abraham, he said, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.
 31“He said to him, If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead. “
(New International Version)