Lectio Divina (Monday, September 23)

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.

Matthew  5:21-26

“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.”

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 of reconciliation and peace,
    Help us to mend our relationships with each other, and to remember the lengths to which you went to bring us back to a right relationship with God.

Contemplatio (Rest) (5 minutes)