Sacred scripture is the living word of God, and the ancient monastic practice of lectio divina (Latin for “divine reading”) is a contemplative way of “conversing” with it. It involves four basic steps: lectio (“reading”), meditatio (“meditation”), oratio (“prayer”), and contemplatio (“contemplation”). By narrowing in on certain passages, reading them slowly and repeatedly, noticing what stirs you, and reflecting prayerfully on it, you can grow closer in personal relationship with God. To learn more about lectio divina, read Open Heart, Open Mind by Trappist monk Father Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.Today’s readings:
Exodus 14:5-18; Matthew 12:38-42 (395).
“Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”
Prepare the Word