lectio Divina 2024

What Is Lectio Divina and How to Use This Book 12 will grow in daily life and daily situations, as we learn to focus our minds and hearts, our thoughts, our concerns, and our hopes toward him. “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27) “Be still and know that I am God!” (Psalm 46:11) Applying This Process of Lectio Divina to the Liturgical Year This Lectio Divina of the Gospels for the Liturgical Year book will take the reader through the Sundays and major feasts and solemnities of the liturgical year. It can be used for individual devotion and can also easily be used to assist in small group reflections in parishes and small faith groups. It offers a structured process for engaging with the Word of God. As the reader or group becomes more comfortable engaging with Scripture, this process can be more closely tailored to suit the path of growth that best fits the reader(s). First, the lectio divina session is started by praying a prayer that is taken from a Mass collect from that liturgical week. Following that prayer, the main Scripture passage for reflection is read, which is taken from the Gospel reading for that day. This READING can be re-read, a few times, to let it sink in. Next, a set of three questions are offered to help in MEDITATION. These questions can also facilitate talking about the passage in a group setting. The individual then offers his or her personal PRAYER, responding to the Lord. In a group setting, people can speak out their prayers one at a time—this may help deepen the prayer response and further set the group’s focus on the Lord. Next, a structured set of passages and questions are offered that return the reader to the Gospel passage. This invites the reader to contemplate what the Lord is speaking and what it means for their life. It allows the individual or the prayer group to consider specific ways the Lord may be speaking into their life at that very moment. As