Lectio Divina (“divine, or sacred, reading”) is the name given to a spiritual tradition among Christians over the last two thousand years, in which they attentively and prayerfully read the word of God.
Although there is an element of study in “Lectio Divina”, it is not the same as Bible study, or exegesis, where one seeks to interpret the sacred text through analysis, and with the help of the work of scripture scholars.
In Lectio Divina we seek not to master or grasp the sacred text, but rather through it, prayerfully and silently, to come into the presence of God. We seek to be humbly attentive to God’s Holy Word, to savour it, and to let it enter into our heart as much as our heads, so that it may transform us.
One approach to Lectio Divina is simply to move systematically though a book of the Bible, but it never involves worrying about “covering” a certain quantity of text: what matters more is the quality of our humble attentiveness. We choose a small portion of the sacred text, and reflect prayerfully upon it.
Lectio Divina is not intended to increase our intellectual knowledge of the Bible (though it also has that effect); instead, it is intended to draw us closer to God, and to transform our attitudes and behaviour.
One Sunday evening each month all are welcome to join Cardinal Collins for Lectio Divina at St. Michael's Cathedral.
We begin with Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 7 p.m., followed by Lectio Divina from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.
“From that time, Jesus began to preach, saying ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17.
Matthew informs us of the key message of Jesus, as he began to preach the Good News: the call to repentance, in anticipation of the coming of the Kingdom of God. This year, we will meditate upon 9 passages of Sacred Scripture, taken from both the Old and the New Testaments, which illuminate the slavery we experience in the human struggle with temptation and sin, and which show the way to the freedom which comes from God through the grace of repentance and the joyful coming of his kingdom.
October 2, 2016 Temptation in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-15)
November 6, 2016 The Law that Guides Us (Exodus 20:1-20)
December 4, 2016 The Great Prayer of Repentance (Psalm 51)
January 8, 2017 The Reluctant Prophet of Repentance (Jonah 3:1-4:11)
February 12, 2017 Merciless and Merciful (Matthew 18:15-35)
March 5, 2017 The Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25: 31-46)
April 2, 2017 The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)
May 7, 2017 The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)
June 4, 2017 New Life in Christ (Romans 12:1-21; 13:11-14)
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