Learn how to read the Bible like the saints did! It’s called lectio divina, which means “divine reading.”
· Lectio is a way of inviting God to speak us as we read the Scriptures.
· The Bible is where God usually speaks the most. Unfortunately, most Catholics neglect the Word of God and when they do read it – they read it the way we read a textbook or newspaper article.
· But don’t fear! Lectio will teach us how to hear from God in a more vivid and clear way. Here’s the process:
1) Greet God and believe that He wants to speak to you.
o We need to believe that God loves to speak to us, like a Father, and that He is always speaking us, not just to certain ‘holy’ people.
o Remember, Jesus said “I have so much more to tell you.” (John 16:12)
2) Read a passage from Scripture – SLOWLY
o Start in the Gospels. Pick a chapter or one small paragraph.
o Read it slowly two or three times, not trying to force anything.
o Just pay attention.
o A word or phrase will jump out at you. It will strike you in a different way.
§ STOP READING!
· This is the word or phrase that Holy Spirit wants to use to speak to you.
3) Put the Bible down and meditate on that word or phrase
o Chew on it, contemplate it, imagine it.
o Say it over and over again out loud
o Don’t try to force anything, allow that word or phrase to saturate your mind.
o The Holy Spirit will then reveal what He wants to say or show you, usually in the form of images or memories or by making use of your imagination.
o Discuss what you learned with the Holy Spirit.
o Ask questions.
o Make a resolution of how to apply what you have been given to your life.
5) Rest in God
o Spend a few minutes luxuriating in God’s presence.
o You don’t need to say or do anything. Enjoy the God who is enjoying you.
o Finish your lectio divina by thanking God for how He has loved you through the Scriptures.