Lectio Divina is a medieval practice of reading and meditating upon the Bible.  It is a way to practice Psalm 1:1-2, “Blessed is the man…whose delights is in the Law of the Lord, and on his Word he meditates day and night.”  For this week’s portion of our month of prayer, we will practice a modified lectio divina.  In these meditations, a passage of the Bible is read three times.  In between each reading a specific question is asked and contemplated.

 

The First Reading

After the first reading, ask, “What is the meaning of this text as intended by the original author under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration?”

* To help determine the original meaning consider these three questions:

>  What does the passage show or tell us about God?

>  What does this passage show or tell us about human beings?

>  What does this passage invite us to do or not do?

 

The Second Reading

During the second reading, ask the Holy Spirit, “Why do I, today, need to hear this passage?”  Ask the Spirit to draw your attention to one word, phrase, or detail within the passage.  Ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate why he drew your attention to this word or phrase or detail.

 

The Third Reading

After this reading, pray a single sentence in response.  If you desire, let this single sentence lead you into additional prayer.

 

Scriptures for Contemplation

MON|  Gen 21:1-7

TUES|  Gen 21:22-34

WED|  Colossians 2:6-15

THUR|  Colossians 3:1-14

FRI|  Colossians 3:15-17