Lectio Divina (Friday, 27 September)

Lectio (Reading)

Read through the scripture two times, slowly. The first time, simply experience the text. The second time pay attention to certain words or phrases that catch your eye.

Gospel Reading: Matthew  6:7-15

"When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
 Give us this day our daily bread.
 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 
but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Meditatio (Reflection) (5 Minutes)
In light of the words or phrases that caught your attention, meditate on the following questions:

What is God saying to you in this text?
What is God saying to our church in this text?
What is God saying to the world in this text?

Oratio (Prayer)
Lord, help us to open our hearts to you in prayer. Hear our hopes, and our sorrows, our dreams and our failures. Let us know that we can bring our whole lives before you, and that you will be careful with them. Amen.

Contemplatio (Rest) (5 minutes)