“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

 

 

Lectio Divina in pairs

A simple way to listen and speak with God
in the presence of a friend
through the words of the Bible

First, ask the Holy Spirit to be with you while you read and pray.
Read together:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love,
send forth your Spirit, and all things will be created,
and you will renew the face of the earth.

Then one of the pair read the Bible reading through.
Shorter passages generally work best. The Gospel of the day is a good choice.

Allow some time to read the reading through silently and to look for what it means first.
Don’t try to hold the whole reading in your mind at once:
fix on the words which catch your interest.
Then, allow what you have read and understood to illuminate your own life.
What feelings and thoughts does the text evoke?
Does the text answer any questions for you?
Give silence and space to read and listen.
What you hear is directed to you personally by God who loves you.

Now share a personal reflection and/or a prayer
with the one who is with you.
The way you can share what the Scripture says to you is by means of a personal comment,
in first person singular, applied to your own life.

A prayer could be many different things: perhaps it could be thanksgiving, or praise,
or contrition, or a prayer for you or for someone else, or just one word
that seems to say all that you want to say.
Or you can simply be with God and your companion in the silence.
Try to not get into a discussion or argument about the meaning.

At the end of the time of prayer we praise God for being there for us,
being with us, for speaking with us in the Scripture and for renewing us.

Say together:

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

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