Recent Lectio Divina reflections are published one week prior to the date of the Gospel reading.
- Luke 8:1-3 Reflection – Accompany Jesus 09/15/2023
- Matthew 9:9-13 Reflection – Desire Mercy 09/14/2023
- Luke 7:31-35 Reflection – Friend Without Judgment 09/13/2023
- Luke 7:11-17 Reflection – I Say to you Rise 09/12/2023
- Luke 7:1-10 Reflection – Become like the Centurion 09/11/2023
- Matthew 18:21-35 Reflection – Forgive your Brother or Sister 09/10/2023
- Luke 6:43-49 Reflection – Treasure of the Heart 09/09/2023
- John 19:25-27 Reflection – Here is your Mother 09/08/2023
- John 3:13-17 Reflection – Mercy of Jesus 09/07/2023
- Luke 6:20-26 Reflection – Blessings and Woes 09/06/2023
2023 marks the fifth year that I have published daily reflections using the prayer practice of Lectio Divina. Lectio is an ancient prayer technique originating with the church fathers that was further explored and adopted by the Benedictines and many others. Lectio Divina is a way of allowing the Holy Spirit to illuminate and teach by way of personalizing Scripture. It consists of progressively reading and praying with a Scripture passage.
The passage is first read then meditated on (Meditatio). A particular word, phrase, or concept may come to mind during this time. While not necessary, this insight can be a foundation for the next re-reading of the passage. The passage is read a second time followed by communicative prayer (Oratio) with the Trinity. Different prayer styles can be used such as having a silent conversation about the passage, insight, image, or a concept that came to mind with God.
The passage is read a third time followed by contemplative (Contemplatio) silence with God. During this time, we allow ourselves to be attentive and open to what God may want to communicate with/to us. On occasion, through grace, we may be invited into an even deeper union with God for a short period.
Lectio Divina gives us an opportunity to leverage and walk towards what St. John of the Cross refers to as the night as pure faith and knowledge of God. In silence with God alone, we can hear what God has to uniquely say to us. Additionally, Lectio provides an understanding of scripture within the context of Jesus’ desire for us to live in peace, love, hope, and faith.
Personally, I have found that prior to entering Lectio I may already have someone or many other in mind that I refer to as “the other” who is anyone besides myself. The other may also suddenly become apparent within Lectio. These are the brief moments of inspiration of the daily Gospel readings in this book. You may notice in my Lectio reflections that sometimes if a passage is used more than once in a year or across multiple years, there are only slight variations in what I write. This is because I believe during these repeated meditations my thoughts, inspirations, perceptions, or concepts become further substantiated.
Would you like to contribute related thoughts to these Lectio reflections on the Gospel readings? Since Lectio is not the only contemplative prayer style, others might appreciate these types of expressions in this ministry. Do you see God’s grandeur everywhere and unconditionally enjoy sharing the love of Christ that you have inside? Are you willing to be anonymous in what you would share? If so, email me.
Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.