Tuesday, November 29, 2016

LECTIO DIVINA FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

Lectio Divina for the
First Week of Advent

We begin our prayer:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen.
Stir up your power, we pray, O Lord, and come,
that with you to protect us, we may find rescue
from the pressing dangers of our sins,
and with you to set us free,
we may be found worthy of salvation.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

(Collect for Friday of the First Week
of Advent)

Reading (Lectio)

Read the following Scripture two or three times.
Matthew 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the
days of Noah, so it will be at the coming
of the Son of Man. In those days before
the flood, they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage, up to the
day that Noah entered the ark. They did
not know until the flood came and carried
them all away. So will it be also at the
coming of the Son of Man. Two men will
be out in the field; one will be taken, and
one will be left. Two women will be grinding
at the mill; one will be taken, and one
will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you
do not know on which day your Lord will
come. Be sure of this: if the master of the
house had known the hour of night when
the thief was coming, he would have stayed
awake and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared, for at
an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man
will come.”

Meditation (Meditatio)

After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on
one or more of the following questions:
• What word or words in this passage caught
your attention?
• What in this passage comforted you?
• What in this passage challenged you?
If practicing lectio divina as a family or in a group,
after the reflection time, invite the participants to share
their responses.

Contemplation (Contemplatio)

Read the scripture passage again, followed by
this reflection:
How does this passage connect with the experience of
your daily life?

In those days before the flood, they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the
day that Noah entered the ark. How do my daily activities
reflect my call to Christian discipleship? Do I follow
Christ willingly and wholeheartedly? In what ways
do I delay taking the steps I need to take to become a
missionary disciple?

Therefore, stay awake! What aspects of my life allowed
me to be lulled into indifference or laziness?
Whatsteps can I take this week to be more attentive to the
needs of others and more faithful to God’s call?
So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you
do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
How am I preparing for the coming of the Lord—both at
Christmas and at the end of time? How can I prepare
myself to be a missionary disciple who helps others
encounter Christ?

Prayer (Oratio)

Read the scripture passage one more time.
Bring to theLord the praise, petition, or
thanksgiving that the Word inspires in you.
After all have had a chance to make their prayer, all
recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following:

Closing Prayer:

On that day it will be said:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to
save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has
saved us!”
(Isaiah 25:9)

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