Lectio Divina: A Spiritual Practice
Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of listening and praying with the Biblical story in which you discover its connections to your life now. Listening is the art of connecting more deeply with yourself, God, and others. There is a blessing in listening to how others in the group are making their own connections with the Holy.
First Reading: Listening for what catches your attention.
The first movement of lectio is to listen to the reading of scripture. Listen for a word or phrase which catches your attention, a word or a phrase which you are drawn to, or stands out for you more than the rest of the text. What word catches your attention? Please share around the circle and invite the next person to your right to share.
Second Reading: Listening for connections
The second movement of lectio is discovering how the word or phrase unfolds in your imagination, listening for what images, feelings, and memories are stirring. What connections are occurring for you? A question relating to the particular bible passage may also be asked. For example if the passage were Isaiah 65: 17-25 (The Lion and Lamb lie down together) This question might be asked: How does this vision challenge our society?
Third Reading: Listening for an Invitation
The third movement of lectio is responding to what has been rising up within us, and listening for the invitation from God. This invitation may be a call toward a new awareness, connection or action. What does God invite you to do, be or change?