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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina ("divine reading") is a form of reflecting on Scripture.  There are many variations of Lectio Divina but most involve reading the same passage through three times.  Here is one easy way that works well on your own, with a friend or in a group.  All you have to remember is "Him, Us, Me."

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Lectio Divina

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HIM, US, ME

READ A GOSPEL PORTION 3 TIMES AND ASK DIFFERENT QUESTIONS.

BEGIN WITH A PRAYER:

 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Amen.

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Not sure what Scripture

to read today?

You can find today’s

lectionary readings at www.bible.usccb.org

1

1st Reading
What does it say about HIM?

What does it say about Jesus?

(or God, if it is not a Gospel passage)

 

How do we see His actions, character, emotions, and priorities?

What do we see of Jesus’ divine and human natures?

How do others react to Him?

2

2nd Reading
What does it say to US?

What does it say generally to us as Christians?

 

What is the plain meaning? What is the context of the story or teaching?

Why did Early Christians think this story was important to remember and record?  What did it teach them or encourage them to do or be?

What wouldn’t we know if this passage was missing?

3

3rd Reading
What does it say to ME?

What is it saying to me today?

 

How can I apply it to my life? What am I being challenged to do or become?

What do I want to keep pondering? What word or phrase sticks with me?

END WITH A PRAYER:

 

Heavenly Father, thank you that I noticed______ today in the Scriptures. Help me to grow to become more truly a disciple of Jesus Christ, Your True Word, and obedient to the leading of Your Holy Spirit throughout the day.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be… Amen.

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