Lectio Divina: Sacred Reading, Week 2

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This week we will continue the prayer practice of lectio divina, or divine reading, drawing from the scripture a word or image to guide a time of listening and speaking to God. Let us begin with Isaiah 60:1-6. Throughout the week, consider praying with the other lectionary texts: Psalm 72, Ephesians 3:1-12 and Matthew 2:1-12.

First, spend some time in silence to center yourself.

Holy God, let me quiet myself in your presence, listening for the word you speak to me today.

  1. Reading (lectio): Read through the passage several times, listening for a word or image that speaks to you.

  2. Isaiah 60:1-6 (Common English Bible)

    60 Arise! Shine! Your light has come; the LORD’s glory has shone upon you.
    2 Though darkness covers the earth and gloom the nations, the LORD will shine upon you;
    God’s glory will appear over you.
    3 Nations will come to your light and kings to your dawning radiance.
    4 Lift up your eyes and look all around: they are all gathered; they have come to you.
    Your sons will come from far away, and your daughters on caregivers’ hips.
    5 Then you will see and be radiant; your heart will tremble and open wide,
    because the sea’s abundance will be turned over to you; the nations’ wealth will come to you.
    6 Countless camels will cover your land, young camels from Midian and Ephah.
    They will all come from Sheba, carrying gold and incense, proclaiming the LORD’s praises.
  3. Meditation (meditatio): Turn over the word or image in your mind. Where does it lead you? What does God want you to hear today?
  4. Prayer (oratio): Now is your turn to speak. What do you want to say to God? What is weighing on your heart through your meditation?
  5. Contemplation (contemplatio): Finally, reflect on your dialogue with God through today’s scripture. What did you learn? What did you share? What will you take with you as you deepen your relationship with God?

Thank you, God, for our time together today. Help me to listen for your word throughout the day. Amen.