Lectio Divina: 2021-09-10

Although many of our Lectio Divina group are on holiday at the moment those who are not have been considering the reading for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary time year B.

Mk 8: 27-35 You are the Christ. The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously.

One

During a prayer session earlier in the day, it struck me strongly that we need to prepare for martyrdom in these present days.

This passage for Lectio seems to confirm that for me. The daily taking up of our cross is the way: dying as many little deaths in the day as we are given the strength and courage for. Hope in the struggle is a great grace and theological virtue for which to be grateful.

Lord, keep me ever at your side. Bind me to your way.

Two

“Who do you say that I am?”

Who do I say He is?

He is my hope, my guide, my protector, my solace, my friend, my comforter, my saviour, my all. There is nothing more to be said.

“If anyone wants to come with me, he must forget self, carry his cross and follow me.”

This is extremely hard and I know I fail miserably. I try to carry my crosses but sometimes this is too hard. My crosses are usually carried on behalf of other people. I can usually accept my own problems but for my family and friends I find it very difficult. I have a lot of empathy and feel deeply. Jesus enables me to be able to help in ways I could never imagine doing without Him. Please Jesus give me the courage and strength to help all who need my help each day. Help me to use my ego only for good and to follow you wherever you lead me.

God bless you all. Stay safe.

Three

What about you?

What about me? You are such a mystery. I think I know you and then I think a little deeper and I realise I don’t. Sometimes I hear your voice so clearly and then in a blink of an eye you seem to have disappeared. I want to contain you and keep you close to me, but you can’t be contained because that is not the nature of your love, it is freely given for everyone everywhere.

Your love for us is bigger than anything I can possibly understand. But I have experienced glorious moments when I have been really living in your love, feeling alive, feeling anything is possible, being fearless, willing to take risks, seeing you everywhere in everyone and everything, reaching out, turning the other cheek, going the extra mile. And doing it all so willingly because you first loved me and at that moment your will and mine are one and the same.

I think at last I’ve got it? And then just as quickly as you come you have gone. They say you are still there, that I am the one that has moved, but it doesn’t feel like that. There seem to be so many beginnings in our relationship, but I wouldn’t have it any other way because I know as long as I keep trusting you (even when I feel that I don’t) that I will experience your presence again. I know you will never give up on me and I hope I will never give up on you. I want to grow into the fullness of what you want me to be. I want to be your hands, your ears, your eyes and heart in this broken world and I want to do everything I can to let your kingdom come.

Four

‘The way you think is not God’s way but man’s’

Today, for me, is all about actions: thinking, seeing, hearing, being attentive.

It seems quite obvious that I don’t think like God, but as a human, if not I wouldn’t have any conflict inside of me. Thinking like God will produce good fruits, everything that would come from me would be good, well done, perfect…. and it is so, so far from perfect.

I remember myself telling the children, in Children’s Liturgy, think in WJWD, (What Jesus Would Do), in every situation. That is the aim, I would say, though, so many times, I am afraid, I am already acting before even thinking.

Please, Jesus, my Saviour, my Lord and my God, guide me to see the world and all its creatures, with your compassionate eyes and love them as you love me.

For me, it is so obvious that it is not possible if I rely only on my own capabilities. Only with Your Spirit’s help I can do it better.

Only when I listen the voice of the Holy Spirit, I can understand how God is present in my life and make good decisions.

Then I thought about when I am most open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Then it was easier to find the answer; during the Eucharist; doing Lectio; when I listen other people’s words of wisdom; when I read your reflections … when I am attentive to God and to my brothers and sisters.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth Your spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.