Monday, May 17, 2010

May 17 – Lessons on LECTIO

We have studied the practice of Lectio Divina as it has been instituted in convents and monasteries worldwide. There are several methods of practice, quite a few in fact, and any method will serve as long as it brings us to read our Bibles as though God were speaking to us, reading with us, pointing out the things we particularly need to see.

The other all-important aspect of "Lectio," as the nuns call it, is the interaction between God and His Word and the one who participates. They consider, as we must if we stop to think about it, that if God is speaking, we must listen carefully. If God reveals wisdom, we must treat it as silver and gold. If God commands, we must . . . and we can . . . obey!

I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. (1 John 2:21)

In Lectio, the young postulant who reads the words above will soon read these as well:

Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (John 13:17)

Lectio is reading at God’s knee.

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