Lectio Divina

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Lectio Divina (‘Divine Reading’ or Praying with Scripture) is held in the Pastoral Centre on Wednesdays at 7.15pm. All are welcome.

The evening starts with a prayer, after which the Gospel reading for the following Sunday is read aloud. A period of silence follows. Members of the group might then repeat a word or phrase that strikes them.

The Scripture passage is read aloud again, after which some time is given to reflecting on the text. ...What does the text say to me? Which of the characters am I? What does it remind me of? Where is this happening today?... Participants are invited to share, if they wish, on the passage. This is done in a spirit of listening and without comment.

After a third reading aloud of the text, members could say how the passage might help them to pray in the coming week. The focus is on finding Good News in the text to inspire our lives. The prayer can take the form of thanksgiving, repentance or petition.

The leader draws the meeting to a close with a final prayer and a reminder of the need to journey further with the Gospel text until we celebrate it together in the Sunday Eucharist.

Loving God,

As we gather in your presence,

Help us to accept your Word with reverence.

Send your Spirit to be with us

So that in our meditation on your Word,

We may see the Bible text, not just as

An abstract message,

Or a story about the past to be remembered with nostalgia,

Or an impossible utopia that can only be dreamed of,

But as Good News being fulfilled even as we are speaking

Within the reality of our daily lives.

In our pains and joys

May we see the glorious story of your grace

guiding us with love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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Today’s Mass Readings
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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
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Yesterday’s dead,
Tomorrow’s unborn,
So there’s nothing to fear
And nothing to mourn.
For all that is past
And all that has been
Can never return
To be lived once again.
And what lies ahead
Or the things that will be
Are still in God’s hands
So it is not up to me
To live in the future
That is God’s great unknown,
For the past and the present
God claims for His own.
So all I need do
Is to live for Today
And trust God to show me
The truth and the way.
For it’s only the memory
Of things that have been
And expecting tomorrow
To bring trouble again
That fills my today,
Which God wants to bless,
With uncertain fears
And borrowed distress.
For all I need live for
Is this one little minute,
For life’s here and now
And eternity’s in it.
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(Helen Steiner Rice)

 

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