Thursday April 24, 2014


Lectio Divina (Español)

Lectio Divina - The How to Do

Since the word is such an integral part of formation in the Catholic Church, the following is a method of reading the Bible that allows the reader to encounter it as God’s word for the reader. It is an invitation to encounter God through reflection on the word.

The following method is an ancient method, lectio divina, an ancient practice of meditating on the Scriptures.

  1. Set aside about 15 minutes each week.
  2. Before the Sunday liturgy, slowly contemplate on the Scriptures for the coming Sunday (the gospel first, then if time permits the other readings) as a means of communion with God.
  3. This prayerful reflection will help you prepare to fully encounter the sacramental presence of God in the Sunday proclamation of the Scriptures.

Lectio (means reading or listening).

Sit down in a comfortable, quiet place. Begin with a prayer or a litany that you can recite repeatedly until you become quiet and settled, such as ―Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, Lord have mercy.

Listen for the still, small quiet voice of God, God quietly touching your heart.

Be silent before God.

Slowly, purposefully read each paragraph of the Scripture text. Listen for a word or phrase that God might be quietly speaking to you. What word or phrase touches your heart?

Once you have found a word or phrase that speaks to you, ponder it in your heart.
Take it in; allow it to wash over you. Allow it to interact with your thoughts and desires.
Allow the word or phrase you chose to become God’s word for you, a word that touches you in your innermost spiritual being.

Enter into conversation with God. Offer every part of yourself, even the part you think God is not interested in, even the parts you do not like about yourself.
Give permission for the word you have been given to change you, to transform your heart, to touch you at the deepest level of your being. Bring your most painful experiences into the word God has given you. Allow God’s healing word to heal you.


Rest in God’s presence and God’s loves embrace.
Be quiet before the God who knows you most and loves you best. Enter into silence, let go of your own words.
Just enjoy being in the presence of God.
Before you leave this prayerful encounter with God, ask God to help you experience his sacramental presence on Sunday when this word is proclaimed again in the Eucharistic liturgy.
Ask him to more deeply open your eyes and your heart to the Scripture’s power to transform you.
Ask God to help you more fully enter into the conversation with God and his people.
Ask God to show you how to become a better disciple.


Ask God to show you what action, change of behavior he is asking you to consider as a result of praying, listening, and reflecting on his word in the liturgy and with others.

*****Credit for material presented above goes to Mary Birmingham @

First Reading

Acts 2:42-47         

All who believed were together and had all things in common.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

They devoted themselves
   to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life,
   to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.
Awe came upon everyone,
   and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
All who believed were together and had all things in common;
   they would sell their property and possessions
   and divide them among all according to each one’s need.
Every day they devoted themselves
   to meeting together in the temple area
   and to breaking bread in their homes.
They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart,
   praising God and enjoying favor with all the people.
And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

The word of the Lord.

Reflection Questions 


► How might today’s reading be lived out in your world today?

► In what way, if any, have you experienced unity in the Christian community?

► In what way, if any, is your community living the ideals set forth in the Acts of the Apostles?

► What obstacles to unity have you discerned?

► What might you do to be an agent of unity in your community?


Second Reading

1 Peter 1:3-9         

God has given us new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope
   through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
   to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
   kept in heaven for you
   who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith,
   to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while
   you may have to suffer through various trials,
   so that the genuineness of your faith,
   more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire,
   may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor
   at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Although you have not seen him you love him;
   even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
   you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
   as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

The word of the Lord.

Reflection questions

► One thing seems certain about the Christian life. Christians can count on experiencing trials and tribulations. We will especially experience it for our efforts to live the Gospel of Christ. There is a reason we are exhorted to “t ake up our cross and follow Jesus.” What does this reading have to say to us about this truth and how does it relate to your life at this time in your life?

► In what way is this reading a comforting or consoling word?

► What is the Good News when it comes to suffering and the sufferer?

► In what way, if any can you relate to what Peter is saying here?

► What does hope mean to you?

► Describe your Easter faith.





John 20:19-31         

Eight days later Jesus came and stood in their midst.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

On the evening of that first day of the week,
   when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
   for fear of the Jews,
   Jesus came and stood in their midst
   and said to them, "Peace be with you."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
   "Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
   and whose sins you retain are retained."

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
   was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
But he said to them,
   "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
   and put my finger into the nailmarks
   and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
   and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
   and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands,
   and bring your hand and put it into my side,
   and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
   that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
   that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
   and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

The Gospel of the Lord.


► In what way have you experienced the promised peace of Eden in your life? In

other words, in what way, if any, have you experienced the harmony promised in

the messianic kingdom of God?

► How have you experienced the promised reconciliation between peoples?

► What would be your response to those who say they have never experienced it?

► Have you ever doubted that Jesus is who Christians claim him to be?

► Do you think doubt is a sin? If so, why? If not, why not?

► What does Jesus think of your doubt?

► What is the Good news in this reading?

► What does this reading teach us about doubt?

► What are the implications for Christian discipleship?

► After reflection on today’s liturgy, what one thing is God asking of you at this

time in your life?

► What obstacles stand in the way of following God’s call?


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