This was our last Lectio of this Liturgical Year A. It seemed to the group that it has not been so long since they started Lectio online, and it has been eight months already!
The group considered the reading for the Feast of Christ the King A Mt 25:31-46 “He will take his seat on his throne of glory, and he will separate men one from another.” Read their thoughtful observations and insights here.
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As one of our leaders use to say frequently, Lectio Divina is not a Biblical study, we don’t study the Word of God, but we let ourselves be read by the Word of God, Lectio, (reading), through the action of the Holy Spirit.
Then we ruminate upon the words the Holy Spirit illuminates in us so that we take from them what God wants to give us, meditatio (reflection).
Afterwards we leave our thinking aside and simply let our hearts speak to God. This response is inspired by our reflection on the Word of God, oratio (response).
The final part of our Lectio Divina is where we let go of our own ideas, plans, meditations and thoughts, in order to simply rest in the Word of God. We listen at the deepest level of our being to God who speaks within us with a still small voice, contemplatio (rest). As we listen, we are gradually transformed from within; and this has a profound effect on the way we actually live and the way we live is the test of the authenticity of our prayer. We must take what we read in the Word of God into our daily lives. This stage accompanies us through the week, rather than just for the session.
This week our Lectio has been deeply personal. One of our group sent this to us all. It is not intrinsically Lectio, but in these thoughts, that all of us subscribe to, we see the reflection of another gift we receive from Lectio, one not shown in our written reflections.
‘I just want to say how much I appreciate your intimate sharing each week. It is not easy to be so vulnerable, but I believe that this is how God guides us to become a safe supportive community. It is his way of showing us how to love ourselves and so love our neighbours. And he does all this by loving us first. Amazing. Prayers for all of you.’
Our Lectio Divina for this Friday took the Gospel reading for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Matthew 22:34-40 The greatest commandment “To love God is to love one’s neighbour.”
Our ever faithful Lectio Group have once again been looking forward to this coming Sunday. This week they have considered the reading from Matthew 22:15-21 ‘Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.’
Our Lectio Group has been busy meeting on line to discuss the reading for Sunday 11th October 2020. As usual some of the group members have generously recorded their thoughts and shared them with us here.
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Another wonderful writeup from the Lectio Divina group.
One of the leaders explains that an important aspect of Lectio is the prayers. There are no rights and wrongs, only the Holy Spirit at work, who leads us in the direction He wants. Our aim is to be open to His lead and reflect on it. The last person was led through the Gospel into the personal intercessory prayers.
Lectio Divina this Friday considered the Gospel for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)