Friday May 22, 2015


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 @

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
Isaiah 55:10-11
The rain makes the earth fruitful.
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
   Thus says the LORD:
   Just as from the heavens
      the rain and snow come down
   and do not return there
      till they have watered the earth,
      making it fertile and fruitful,
   giving seed to the one who sows
      and bread to the one who eats,
   so shall my word be
      that goes forth from my mouth;
   my word shall not return to me void,
      but shall do my will,
      achieving the end for which I sent it.

The word of the Lord.


Second Reading
Romans 8:18-23 
Creation awaits the revelation of the children of God.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters:
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing
   compared with the glory to be revealed for us.
For creation awaits with eager expectation
   the revelation of the children of God;
   for creation was made subject to futility,
   not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it,
   in hope that creation itself
   would be set free from slavery to corruption
   and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now;
   and not only that, but we ourselves,
   who have the firstfruits of the Spirit,
   we also groan within ourselves
   as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
The word of the Lord.
Matthew 13:1-23  
A sower went out to sow.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.
Such large crowds gathered around him
   that he got into a boat and sat down,
   and the whole crowd stood along the shore.
And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying:
   "A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
   and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
   and when the sun rose it was scorched,
   and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
   a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear."

The disciples approached him and said,
   "Why do you speak to them in parables?"
He said to them in reply,
   "Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven
   has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
   from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
   they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.
Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
   You shall indeed hear but not understand,
      you shall indeed look but never see.
   Gross is the heart of this people,
      they will hardly hear with their ears,
      they have closed their eyes,
      lest they see with their eyes
      and hear with their ears
   and understand with their hearts and be converted,
      and I heal them.

"But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
   and your ears, because they hear.
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people
   longed to see what you see but did not see it,
   and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

"Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one
   who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
   and the evil one comes and steals away
   what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
   is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
   he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
   but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
   and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
   is the one who hears the word and understands it,
   who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."
The Gospel of the Lord.



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