Lectio Divina – a method for the weekly Community Check-in

 

 

Every week on Mondays, regardless of where the TST members are we have a Check-in as a community. When we are together, we do it face to face and otherwise by skype. You are aware of the publication Check-in with your soul which has many reflections for a Community Check-in.

This Monday we used the steps of Lectio Divina for the Check-in. The scripture reading was taken from the Sunday’s gospel and the process is described below.

COMMUNITY LECTIO DIVINA

 (Light a candle. The candle reminds us of the presence of the Holy Spirit with us.)

 Listening For God’s Word

  1. LISTEN

When the text is read for the first time, listen for a word or phrase from the text that especially touches your heart.

( What is a particular word or phrase that stands out for you from the text?

What word/phrase catches your attention?

What words, phrases, or images do you hear as though for the first time?

Instead of a word or phrase, it could also be an image.)

 

A reader reads slowly the text: (Mt 5: 13 – 16)

You are the salt of the earth.

But if the salt loses its saltiness,

how can it be made salty again?

It is no longer good for anything,

except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

 

You are the light of the world.

A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Neither do people light a lamp

and put it under a bowl.

Instead they put it on its stand,

and it gives light to everyone in the house.

In the same way, let your light shine before others.

 New International Version

  1. SILENCE (about three minutes)

Repeat to yourself the word, phrase or image that stays with you and wait in silence for time to share.

  1. SHARING

Each person shares aloud the word, (phrase/image) that has attracted them: one or two words – no elaboration. Meanings and interpretations will come later.

 

God’s Word Speaking To Your Life

  1. LISTEN

When the text is read for the second time, we look at how the text speaks to you and your present experience. Take the word or phrase into yourself  and allow it to interact with your inner world of emotions, memories, and thoughts.

Another reader reads slowly another version of the text: (Mt 5: 13 – 16)

You are the salt of the earth;

but if salt has lost its taste,

how can its saltiness be restored?

It is no longer good for anything,

but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

 

You are the light of the world.

A city built on a hill cannot be hid.

No one after lighting a lamp

puts it under the bushel basket,

but on the lampstand,

and it gives light to all in the house.

In the same way,

let your light shine before others.

NRSV

  1. SILENCE (about five minutes)

Reflect over:

What are your feelings as you listen to the text/ repeat the chosen phrase?

What life experience of yours does the text speak to and touch?

How is your own life is mirrored in the text?

What makes you feel drawn to this phrase?

What meaning does it hold for you? What does it remind you?

 

  1. SHARING

Share your reflections.

 

God’s Word Inviting You To Do Or Be

  1. When the text is read for the third and last time, we are invited to shift from conversing with ourselves about the text to communicating with God. We entrust our life story to God and present ourselves to be changed, refashioned and healed.

Another reader reads slowly another version of the text (Mt 5: 13 – 16).

Let me tell you why you are here.

You’re here to be salt-seasoning

that brings out the God-flavours of this earth.

If you lose your saltiness,

how will people taste godliness?

You’ve lost your usefulness

and will end up in the garbage.

 

Here’s another way to put it:

You’re here to be light,

bringing out the God-colours in the world.

God is not a secret to be kept.

We’re going public with this,

as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers,

you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?

I’m putting you on a light stand.

Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop,

on a light stand—shine!

Keep open house;

be generous with your lives.

The Message

  1. SILENCE (about five minutes)

Reflect over:

What is God’s personal invitation to you?

What do you sense God might be saying to you?

From what you have heard and shared, what is God inviting you to do or be today/this week?

How is S(he) inviting you to change?

 

  1. SHARING

Share a prayer of awareness, discernment, or gratitude that the meditation on the text has called forth.

 

Resting In God’s Word

Be still and silent, wordless. Enjoy the nearness of God.

Let God lead you into deeper love and union. Let God be as God is.

                                                                                                                            

  1. Invite all into a time of silence to rest deeply in God’s loving presence. Ask all to release themselves and their prayer to God in childlike trust.
  2. After the silent prayer, pray for the members of the community and for their shared intentions.

 

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