Lectio Divina: A Prayerful Reading of Scripture

(1) Read (lectio): Hearing the Word
•    Read the Bible passage.
•    In silence listen for the word or phrase in the passage that speaks to you.
•    Be alert to your senses. What sights, sounds, textures, tastes, and smells does this passage elicit?
•    Resist the urge to analyze or critique the passage.
•    After reading the passage (or hearing it read) listen to God in silence.
•    In group lectio divina, group members may share their words or phrases at this time without comment or discussion.

(2) Reflect (meditatio): Reflecting on the Word
•    Read the passage a second time. You might choose a different translation (and in a group process a different reader) for each step.
•    Ask God to speak to you through this passage and the word or phrase God placed on your heart. Meditate on what God is saying to you.
•    After reading the passage (or hearing it read) a second time, listen to God in silence.
•    In group lectio divina, group members may share briefly (in a sentence or two) how they heard God speaking to them.

(3) Respond (oratio): Prayers of Response to the Word
•    Read the passage a third time.
•    What response is being called forth from you in this passage? What is God calling you to think, feel, do, or be? How will you respond to God?
•    After reading the passage (or hearing it read) a second time, respond to God in silent prayer.
•    In group lectio divina, group members may share briefly (in a sentence or two) how they responded to God.

(4) Rest (contemplatio): Resting in the Word
•    Read the text a final time.
•    Allow the word to rest deep within you. Enjoy God’s loving presence. Reflect on the entire experience.
•    Rest in silence
•    In group, lectio divina, group members may freely discuss the experience.

(5) Return (incarnatio): Putting the Word into Action
•    Given this encounter with God, how will you now live? Maybe you will want to decide on one small thing you will do now as you return to the world; to your life?
•    Pray silently
•    Go live the word.