How ready are you?

Today how about slowing down every day life, taking time out to be with God. Taking time out is really important to grow in Faith, but also when preparing for a pilgrimage.

Lectio divina, is a way to practice divine reading. This is a traditional Benedictine practice of reading scripture, meditating and praying, to promote communion with God and increase knowledge of God’s word.

Take part in today’s Lectio Divina by following below.

Ok, let’s start…

Get yourself comfortable and take a couple of minutes to relax and settle your mind, empty your thoughts from the busy world and enter in to the presence of the Lord.

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Opening prayer

God our Father,
your light of truth
guides us to the way of Christ.
May all who follow him
reject what is contrary to the gospel.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Read the Gospel reading with open heart mind and ears.

Gospel Reading – Matthew 11:25-27

At that time Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do.
Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Pause, to listen to the words you have just read.

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Think about what those words have said to you. You may find you want to read the Gospel again, and contemplate what passage stands out for you.

Reflection

What has stood out for you today?

What is God trying to tell you in this scripture?

Experts love to call this prayer a “hymn of rejoicing, exultation”. The rhythm of the prayer of Jesus begins with a confession: “I praise you”, “I confess to you”. Such expressions of introduction render Jesus’ words quite solemn. The prayer of praise that Jesus says, presents the characteristics of an answer addressed to the reader. Jesus addresses himself to God with the expression “Lord, of Heaven and earth”, that is, to God as Creator and guardian of the world.

The revelation to the little ones, is to those who cannot speak as yet. Thus, Jesus indicates the privileged audience of the proclamation of the Kingdom of Heaven as those who are not experts of the Law, and are not instructed.

Personal questions

In your prayer do you feel the need to express all your gratitude to the Father for the gifts that he has given you in life? Does it happen to you to confess publicly, to exult in the Lord because of the wonderful works that he accomplishes in the world; in the Church, and in your life?

In your search for God do you rely on your wisdom and intelligence or do you allow yourself to be guided by the wisdom of God? How attentive are you to your relationship with Jesus? Do you listen to his word? Do you assume his sentiments in order to discover his physiognomy of Son of the Heavenly Father?

Take your time to explore your own answers.

When your ready and your mind is settled with having heard the word of God, thank God for speaking to you and offer the closing prayer in thanksgiving.

Concluding Prayer

My lips shall proclaim your saving justice,
your saving power all day long.
God, you have taught me from boyhood,
and I am still proclaiming your marvels.
Amen.

 

Source of Lactio Divina: http://www.ocarm.org/en/content/lectio/lectio-divina-matthew-1125-27

To learn more about the practice visit: https://wau.org/archives/article/read_think_pray_act/

To learn more about the history visit:
http://www.centeringprayer.com/lectio_divina.html

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