Lectio Divina (Tuesday, September 24)


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 5:27-37

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

31“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

33“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.37Let your word be 'Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”


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 remember our own sin when we accuse others. Remind us that you are our only guarantee, a steadfast and loving promise of faithfulness and welcome. In you alone is our hope, our lives, our future. Amen.


Contemplatio (Rest) (5 minutes)


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