Jesus and the Requirement for Entering the Kingdom, Mark 10: 12-16

Lectio Divina

A Quick Guide for Next Step Groups

 

The following is an ancient practice used throughout different branches of the church. It is basically translated as “Divine Reading”. Lectio divina is an approach to reading the bible prayerfully. It draws you to listen to God as you read the Bible in a very fresh and sometimes challenging way. Below we will outline the simple process of “Lectio Divina”!

 

Part 1: “Silencio”- As you begin take a few moments to quietly prepare your heart. Take a moment to realize you are in God’s presence, slow down, relax try to quiet the busyness or chaos of your day. Simply take 1-2 minutes to do this. then at the end, invite the Holy Spirit to lead your time of reflection upon the Word.

 

Part 2: “Lectio”Read a biblical passage together; slowly; clearly. As one member of the group reads, everyone needs to listen to the verse. If there is a word or phrase from the verse that stands out to you; catches your attention; just pay attention to it. You don’t need to figure it out. Simply note that this stood out to you. And ask the Lord to lead you in this. Take 1 minute to reflect

 

Part 3: “Meditatio” – Have a different member of the group read the same passage again. This time as you listen to the words- think about what made these words significant to you. What makes these words stand out? What do you think these words might be saying? What is the Lord’s invitation for you to understand in these words? Take 1 Minute to meditate

 

Part 4: “Oratio” – Have still a different person read the same passage again. This time as they read it slowly and clearly- use that time to pray. What feelings do these words bring up? Is there anything in you that wants to push back against this? Is there some invitation here that you see calls you into a deeper relationship with God? Talk to God about these things. Take 1 minute to pray.

 

Part 5: Contemplatio – Take 1 minute to contemplate, rest and sit with the Lord. let these words continue to sink into your soul. Maybe pray and recognize you are surrendering your will to God.

 

May God bless you