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.
- Set aside about 15 minutes each week.
- 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.
- 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 @ pastoral planning.com****