Catholic Bible Reflections Ideas
Catholic Bible Reflections Ideas-keep track of your thoughts, inspirations, and prayers as you read and reflect on scripture
Do you have many thoughts going through your mind as you read the Bible or listen to the readings at Mass, yet don’t know how to keep track of them all? Here are some ideas to help you keep track of your Catholic Bible reflections.
Before you begin: Pray!
Before you read your Bible, pray. Ask God to help you to understand His Word and grow in knowledge and love for Him. You can also ask Him to help you to know how to apply what you read to your life and understand any messages He has specifically for you.
When we begin our Bible reading time with a prayer, we open our hearts and minds to God and trust in Him that we may understand what He wants for us to understand as we read and reflect on His Word.
1. Keep a Bible journal.
You can keep a Bible journal by your Bible at home to write down your reflections when you read your Bible. It does not need to be fancy or ornate. It can be a simple spiral notebook that you use to write down your thoughts as you read the Bible. These thoughts can be questions you want to find the answers to (either questions about your own life or about what is going on in the passage you are reading), inspirations, a-ha moments, parts you find interesting that you want to remember, or prayers.
If you plan to go back and review your notes, it is helpful to write down the date and the Bible passage you are referring to so you can easily find it again.
You may wish to have a Bible journal to take with you to Mass to jot down any notes or inspirations that you may have from the readings, homily, songs, or prayers. You can use a small notebook that can fit in your pocket or purse.
After Mass, you may want to spend some time (even a few minutes, if that is all you have) writing more details about the notes you jotted down. This way, when you look over your notes in the future, you won’t wonder what you were thinking at the time you wrote them down. It may be helpful to use a larger notebook to write out these longer reflections and use the small notebook at Mass for writing brief notes to jog your memory later.
2. Write notes in your Bible.
Some people don’t want to write in their Bibles at all-no way, no how! Others like to do this.
If you want to take notes in your Bible directly, you may find a journaling Bible to be beneficial to have. A journaling Bible usually has wider margins or even some partially blank pages specifically for notetaking or drawing.
If you want to write in your Bible, yet don’t have a lot of space, you can underline the passages that you have comments about and then write down in a Bible journal or on a reflections sheet the passage that inspired you and your reflections about it.
3. Use reflections sheets.
Reflections sheets are great when your Bible does not have a lot of space to write in, or you don’t want to write in your Bible.
Reflections sheets are like a form you can fill out with your reflections. Have space to jot down the date, the passage (ie. John 6:35), and then your thoughts, reflections, or prayers. You can use a blank spiral-bound notebook or you can create a sheet to photocopy. If you want to keep these sheets in a journal instead of having a lot of loose sheets, you can put them in a binder or you can make your own journal by having them spiral bound at a local copy store.
4. Create an audio recording of your thoughts.
If you prefer to say your thoughts aloud instead of writing them down, you can use a tape recorder, a digital recorder, or a phone to easily record them. Be sure to state the date and the passage you are reflecting on before you start talking about it. This way, if you are listening to your reflection later and you want to reread the passage, you will know which one it is.
Catholic Bible reflections help you grow in your faith.
Learning more about God and growing in our faith is so important. Taking the time to write down even a brief Mass or Bible reflection will help us keep our focus more on God in our lives.
It is also interesting to go back and reread reflections that you have previously written. Doing so can help you to see how you have grown in your faith. It may spark new reflections as you continue to move forward to learn more about yourself, about God, and strive to be the person God created you to be.
If you haven’t written down your reflections before, I encourage you to give it a try!
If you’d like a Bible Reflections sheet to help get you started, please fill out the Get a Bible Reflections Sheet! form below and I’ll e-mail one to you.