Lectio Example

I want to offer a brief example of what Lectio Divina could look like, as mentioned previously, with an actual passage from Scripture.

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:9-14 RSV

Step 1: Read the passage (at least three times)

Step 2: Give yourself adequate time to meditate on what things stood out to you while prayerfully reading over the passage. It could be things like: the tax collector’s eyes not looking up, the tax collectors cry for mercy, the sad state of the Pharisee. There are so many things that could get our attention.

Step 3: Take what you got while meditating on the Scripture and bring it to God. Maybe it moves you to pray for mercy just like the tax collector, so make that your prayer. Perhaps you felt that God is calling you to be more humble, so make that your prayer and ask Him to help you in that way.

Step 4: God could bring your prayer into what is called contemplation. It is here that God could give you an insight on how you are to go about growing in humility. God could give the person whatever insights He wants in this stage. Spending quality time on the second and third steps helps to dispose you to be brought into contemplation.

Seek in reading and you will find in meditation; knock in prayer and it will be opened to you in contemplation.

Cross, St. John of the. The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross [Revised Edition]. ICS Publications, 1991. Kindle file. Location 3441

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