Introduction - Lectio Divina is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to help us listen to God and to practice opening our hearts to Christ and each other. In this way, the discipline of Lectio Divina can help us grow in our discipleship to Jesus Christ.
Lectio Divina, may be new for some of us and, therefore uncomfortable. However, the practice is grounded in the Christian tradition from about the 5th century, as well as in the Reformed tradition beginning with Calvin.
I will guide you through this time of praying through the scriptures. I encourage you to relax (forgetting about time, the need to know - we’re not here to study the Word but to listen —, being in control) and trust me to facilitate the practice. The Holy Spirit is our guide. We will read our Scripture passage 4 times. I will read the passage the first and second times; we need two readers, one for the third time and one for the fourth time.
Preparation/Centering - I invite you to make yourself comfortable in your seat and relax. If it helps you can close your eyes to help block out distractions.
I invite you now to notice your breathing. Are you breathing fast? Are you breathing slowly? Are you holding your breath? Simply notice without judging.
Now take a deep breath...filling your lungs... letting your diaphragm expand... take a deep breath and hold it... then exhale through your throat and out your nostrils. Take some time to continue breathing deeply your own rhythm.
As you breathe in let the Spirit of God fill you. God’s Spirit is as intimate as our breathing. As you breathe out, offer to God all that claims your attention, trusting God will give back to you what is necessary.
Pray -Father, thank you for the gift of this day. Thank you for the gift of faith and the grace you’ve given us to respond to you. Thank you for revealing yourself in Sacred Scripture. Thank you for revealing yourself in your Son. Help us to stay focused during this time of prayer. Please grant us the grace to hear your voice and respond.