2nd sunday of lent: SCRIPTURE ignition talk

This week our focus is on SCRIPTURE! Learning where to start or how to find depth in Scripture can be overwhelming, but Fr. Romke gives us insights into how to truly encounter God through the Bible and how to receive it as a love letter from God.


  • Am I aware of the hunger that nags at my heart and soul? Am I willing to try a new approach of feeding this hunger with the Word of God and to live upon it?
  • Can I try turning to scripture for help, guidance, and answers when I need strength in the midst of confusion or questions that I have for God?
  • Can I try to begin reading one of the Gospels this week in an attempt to encounter Jesus found within rather than trying to figure out what it all means?
  • Spend some time reading and praying with the story of Peter walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33) you can find it here: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/matthew/14
  • Sit and pray with these passages: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you – before you were born I consecrated you.” – Jeremiah 1:5
  • Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
  • “God makes ALL things work for good for those who love Him.” – Romans 8:28
  • Most of all I’m excited for you to do one . . . simple . . . thing . . . to plan time each day this week to sit and listen through Scripture to a friend who loves you DEARLY. . . to listen . . . and to believe . . .as God tells you that He – LOVES – YOU!


Scripture can make a difference in your life, and Mardelle Slain beautifully illustrates this during her testimony for today’s Spark Talk.!


  • Do you have a relationship with the Bible? Like any relationship it takes an investment of time and energy, but it is so worth it – are you willing to begin a relationship with the Bible, and in turn deepen your relationship with God?
  • Spend a few minutes reflecting on these few passages, not just reading them, but truly reflecting and allowing our Father to show you His love through them and how they can impact you life:
    • “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him might not die but have eternal life” – John 3:16
    • “I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me” – Phil. 4:13
    • Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer!  From the ends of the earth I call; my heart grows faint. Raise me up, set me on a rock, for you are my refuge, a tower of strength against the foe.  Let me dwell in your tent forever, take refuge in the shelter of your wings.” – Psalm 61:2-5
  • Is God possibly calling you to serve at your parish as a lector? Pray about this and talk to you pastor if you feel God calling you to minister to His people in this way.


Today’s Spark Talk for the Catching Fire retreat comes from Marguerite Venier. She shares the impact that Scripture has had on her relationship with the Lord.


  • Pray with the following passage: “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” – Revelation 3:15-16
    • Ask yourself: Am I lukewarm or am I on Fire? What would it look like to be on fire? What small things can I implement in my life to help me “Catch Fire?”
    • Consider that the Heart of Jesus is on fire with love for you – and that drawing near to a source of fire is what is necessary to catch fire ourselves! Draw close to Christ and you will catch fire.
  • Pray with this passage: “I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built.” – Luke 6:47-48
    • Within this passage we are encouraged to: 1.Come 2. Listen 3. Act
      • God will ask something of us (Be not afraid!) He will guide us on the journey – he knows that we are little and that we will need His strength! God will give us the courage that we need if we choose to take the next step forward.
  • Try to take advantage of the present moment and to take today’s step and to utilize today’s grace to be the light that leads you forward.
  • Consider these beautiful words from St. John Paul II and how they apply to your own life and your own quest for happiness: “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”


Enjoy the opportunity to encounter God through today’s Wednesday “Fuel Break.” A Fuel Break is a strip of land in the middle of a forest that is cleared out in order to control a burn in the case of a wildfire. Every Wednesday you can enjoy a “Fuel Break” Guided Meditation. Rather than giving you more to think about and process, we’ll be shifting gears so that you can clear your mind and enter into a time of prayer with God. We pray that these encounters with the Lord will help control and focus the burn that God is enkindling in your heart.

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Bob Slain shares with us his journey in coming to know the Scriptures and letting the Word of God be a compass for his life.


  • Have you ever read scripture to another person? Might you consider reading one of the Gospels to someone you know who may appreciate it? Perhaps someone who is homebound?
  • Consider beginning a journey through the book the Acts of the Apostles – it is a wonderful book filled with the Holy Spirit moving in big ways through miracles and inner strengthening of individuals to give them courage to have faith in the face of difficulties.
  • The book of James among other things highlights the need to have perseverance in the face of trails and temptations – are there and trials and temptations that you are facing in your own life? Consider reading James for guidance
  • This beautiful book of scripture also attests to the need to truly live our Faith through the works that we do. Consider how your inner faith informs your decisions and affects how you act in the world? Ask God how He might be inviting you to live out your faith in a deeper way.
  • Click here to Read the Book of James: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/james/1?1=#67001001


Lisa DeRango continues the journey for the Catching Fire Retreat as she shares the impact Scripture has made on her life.


  • As you write your own story do you find that there are difficult chapters? If you search interiorly do you find a longing and ache for more? Do you find that you seek guidance in other areas of your life but not when it comes to the deepest places of your heart? Are you willing to make a change?
  • Consider for a few minutes these beautiful words from scripture: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Do you allow God’s words to guide you or do you seek your own path?
  • What things seem to bring you hope, peace, and joy? Are you willing to give God a chance to give you a foundation rooted in His love? Will you let Him give you His guidance?
  • Will you let scripture flow through the pages of your own story? Will you walk in the Light?


Diane Roop shares the impact that scripture and God’s love through the Bible has on her daily life.


  • Do you reach for the Bible when you need hope?
  • We pray that this week as you have picked up the Bible more, that it is becoming easier and easier to do so. As we conclude this week’s focus on scripture, do you have a plan in place to assure that you will continue to encounter God through His Word?
  • Spend some moments reflecting on the following passages:
    • “The LORD bless you and keep you!  The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!  The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!” – Numbers 6: 24-26
    • “Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” – John 8:12
    • “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, [then] I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.” – Rev. 3:20
  • If someone were to ask you what your favorite passages or verses are, would you have an answer for them? Consider spending some time thinking about what passages of scripture seem to speak most powerfully to your heart, and then I invite you to share these verses with someone else.

Bonus Scripture Video

The following video features beautifully encouraging words from God compiled in such a way to speak to your heart and assure you of God’s never-ending passionate love for you!