“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word,
@@and my Father will love him,
@@@@and we will come to him and make our home with him." John 14:23

 

Essence of Lectio Divina I - The centrality of the Word of God

In the Bible God speaks directly to chosen people,
such as the prophets, and through them to the rest of the people.
They listened to God and they transmitted the message to the people.
In this way God revealed himself, his will, and the truth of human life.

But the most important way in which God has revealed himself
is by sending his Son, Jesus Christ.

The Letter to the Hebrews says:
On many occasions in the past and by many means, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets.

Now in this final age, he has spoken to us through his Son, whom he appointed as heir of all things, the same one through whom he created the worlds and the ages
.” (Hebrews 1:1-2).

Jesus himself is the Word of God and we can meet his living presence in the words of the Bible.

According to Dietrich Bonhöeffer:

If it was I who was to determine the place to find God, I would always find a God who was in accord with my manner of being.

But if it is God who establishes the place of encounter, it will not be the place which conforms to my taste.

This place is the Cross of Christ, and everyone who wishes to find him should come to the foot of the Cross, as the Sermon on the Mount exhorts. This is entirely contrary to our own nature. But such is the biblical message in the Old Testament as well as the New.

Since I started to consider the Bible as the place of encounter with God, the place that God offers me to meet him, every day I go from marvel to marvel.

I read morning and evening, frequently and during the length of the day. I meditate on a particular text during the week and I submerge myself deeply in it, in order to understand the truth which speaks to us in it.

I am convinced that without this I could not live truly and certainly I couldn’t believe.”

 

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