LECTIO DIVINA, as a formal prayer practice, consists of four steps or phases. These steps are not mechanical activities you must perform correctly in a certain order to “get it right.” Sacred reading is a living conversation between you and God. In the same way that conversation with another person has rhythms, ebbs, and flows, so too does sacred reading.
If we are talking with our best friend and constantly interrupt or, at the other extreme, never say anything, then the conversation will have little value. A rich, lively conversation encompasses times of listening and times of responding, times of speech and times of silence. Think of the waves upon the shore; they break with tremendous force and noise; they gurgle up to the shore, and then silently recede. Such is the rhythm of lectio divina.
– Daniel Wolpert
Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices
From pages 41-42 of Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert. Copyright (c) 2003 by Daniel Wolpert. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
There will be more about Lectio Divina in tomorrow’s reflection. Are you familiar with the practice? Choose a scripture and give it a try. Share your thoughts.
Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Mark 11:9-10, NRSV
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This week we remember: Joseph (March 19).
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