Lectio Divina

What is lectio divina?  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC 2708, “Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. This form of prayerful reflection is of great value, but Christian prayer should go further: to the knowledge of the love of the Lord Jesus, to union with him.”  The five steps of lectio divina include: 

  • Reading. Read a passage slowly and carefully within the bible. 
  • Meditation. Thinking deeply or dwelling upon a spiritual reality within a text. 
  • Prayer. Having a loving conversation with God.
  • Contemplation. Resting in Gods presence.
  • Action. Go and do likewise.

Meditation Trinity Sunday Yr. B

“St. Gregory of Nazianzus, also called the ‘Theologian,’ entrusts this summary of Trinitarian faith to the catechumens of Constantinople. “Above all guard for me this great deposit of faith for which I live and fight, which I want to take with me as a companion, and which makes me bear all evils and despise all pleasures: I mean the profession of faith in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. I entrust it to you today. By it I am soon going to plunge you into water and raise you up from it. I give it to you as the companion and patron of your whole life. I give you but one divinity and power, existing one in three, and containing the three in a distinct way Divinity without disparity of substance and nature, without superior degree that raises up or inferior degree that casts down … the infinite co-naturality of three infinites.  Each person considered  in  himself  is  entirely  God. …   the three considered together …. I have not even begun to think of unity when the Trinity bathes me in its splendour. I have not even begun to think of the Trinity when unity grasps me ….”150 (CCC, 256)

1st Reading:    Deuteronomy 4:32 – 34, 39 – 40: “The Lord is God in the heavens above and on earth below and there is no other.”

Responsorial Psalm 33: 4 – 6, 18 – 19, 20, 22: “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”

2nd Reading: Romans 8: 14 – 17: “You received a spirit of adoption, through whom we cry Abba, Father!”

Gospel: Matthew 28: 16 – 20: “…Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”    

 Our Liturgy today calls us to contemplate the central mystery of our faith.

The Blessed Trinity, the ineffable mystery of God’s own inner life and the fountain of all gifts and graces. 

 I am overwhelmed with God’s love, tenderness and mercy in this Trinitarian celebration. Our  first reading opens the door upon God’s choosing a people to be His own.  I remember He created the angels first and they sinned against Him; He created humanity in His very own image and likeness. All He asks of me is to recognize His gift of Life and Sustenance; Obedience to His commandments; and an invitation to a Relationship with Him. Like the angels, we too sinned again and again. However He gave us another chance. His love and mercy knows no bounds.

From Abraham, down through the Prophets, you were always seeking the goodness of life in your people. Lord, I truly believe that you are: “God in heaven above and earth below and that there is no other.” Lord Jesus, I thank you for inviting me into your partnership of holiness. You chose me, and I know your words are truly upright and trustworthy; you love justice and right, your eyes are always on those who are in great awe of you; our souls wait for you O Lord, “May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us who have put our hope in you.”

In our 2nd Reading I am truly reassured that we have: “received a Spirit of adoption… through whom we cry ‘Abba Father.” 

In my humanness, I can’t explain the Trinity, but I like to think of the Father as my Creator, body soul and spirit, He knew me before I was born and He is always mindful of my daily thoughts, feelings, attitudes and deeds. Jesus is my Savior, He is aware of my thoughts, emotions, words and actions. The Holy Spirit encourages me and inspires me.  My Trinitarian helpers guide me, confront me, and encourage me through out each day and give me the confidence to keep trying to follow Jesus teachings wholeheartedly.

In our Gospel, the last 3 sentences, gives me a Commission to pray and work so that disciples from all nations will come forward to Preach the Good News of God’s Teachings and Promises: PEACE; COMPASSION; and MERCY; and above all His LOVE! May we all grow in greater Confidence, Aptitude, and Love for Our dearly beloved Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit. SM