Lectio Divina (Thursday, 26 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 6:1-6, 16-18

“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

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, we can manage to take pride in just about anything, even in our worship of you. Help us to remember your humility, and to not take ourselves quite so seriously. Remind us to be joyful in our faith, and enthusiastic in our praise of you. Give us a spirit of cheerful willingness as we do the work of your kingdom. Amen


Contemplatio (Rest) (5 minutes)

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