Lectio Divina

Joel Conti June 9, 2019 Standalone

Main Point: Divine Reading is the process of reading the words of Jesus slowly with prayer, reflection and response.

Scripture:
“Taste and See that the Lord is good” Psalm 34:8
Digest the Word until it actually affects the way you see the world! 

Lectio Divina History: Origen wrote: “When you devote yourself to the divine reading … seek the meaning of divine words which is hidden from most people”

Lectio: Open God’s Word and read a short passage slowly

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.  Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?  Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”  Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”  Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
Acts 2:1-13

Meditatio: Meditate on God’s Word and allow it to marinate.

“When the day of Pentecost came”

“Count off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the Lord your God has given you.” Deuteronomy 16:9

Acts 2:1b “They were all TOGETHER in one place”

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:2-4

Oratio: Speak to God about what you have meditated on.

Contemplatio: Listen for God’s revelation.

Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

Operatio: Activate the revelation by applying it to your life.

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me. To come to you on the water.” Matthew 14:28,29

 “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets and followed Him” Matthew 4:18-20

James and John were “in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets, Jesus called them and immediately they left the boat and their father and follow him” Matthew 4:21-22

“Come”- Mark 6:31 “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”

Conclusion: Lectio Divina is not a ‘quick’ process while you are eating toast in the morning before work…it is a long process, but it will transform your life!