Lectio Divina--the word literally means 'divine reading' and was
introduced by St. Gregory of Nyssa (c330-395) as a way to
develop a closer relationship with God be reflecting upon God's
Word. When one practices Lectio Divina they are encouraged to
place themselves in the events of what they are reading. It can be
an intensely personal experience. What would it feel like to be at
the tomb as Lazarus emerged or with Moses as the Israelites
stepped into the promised land?
How do I do it?
Step One: Find a quiet place without distraction. If needed
light a candle. After quieting your mind – perhaps say a little
prayer such as: Thank you God for all that I have and all that I
am. Open my heart to your word.
Step Two: Read the lesson. What words or phrases stood apart
from the rest of the reading for you? Don’t force it.
Step Three: Read the lesson again – perhaps more slowly than
the first time. Place yourself in the story. Focus on the
words or phrases that stood apart the first time you read.
Don’t try to study the text – but try to listen to what God
might be saying to you.
Step Four: Take a few minutes to just still your surroundings
and your heart. If your mind starts to wander – let the phrases
bring it back to center. After some time close with a brief
prayer like: Lord open the eyes of my heart so that I might
live Your Word throughout this day.