Advent 2016 Lectio Divina for 12/9/2016 – Isaiah(48:17-19)

Lectio (reading):

Isaiah(48:17-19)

We read the first reading for the day.

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel:
I, the LORD, your God,
teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.
If you would hearken to my commandments,
your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;
Your descendants would be like the sand,
and those born of your stock like its grains,
Their name never cut off
or blotted out from my presence.

 

-Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition© 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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Meditatio (active meditation):

 

We mostly studied how the blessings which are talked about in the scripture are based on if we “would harken to his commandments”.  The main reason is that God will teach “what is for your good”.  This made me think of Natural Law and how if we follow the natural law, we will prosper the way we are supposed to be.  That doesn’t mean we will necessarily become rich but how we can attain order and true happiness.  For example, if I tell my kids to eat well and exercise, it isn’t because I want to deprive them of sugary snacks and want them to do hard physical labor for the sake of it.  I want them to live long healthy lives.  I love them and want their good.  God is our loving father and wants us to live healthy spiritual lives so that we join him in for eternity in heaven.

 

We also talked about why it is a blessing to have descendants and the importance of family bonds.

Oratio (prayer):

We prayed that we can recognize God’s love in his commandments and that he strengthens us to follow Him, that our wills become in conformity with His will.

Contemplatio (passive contemplation):

The boys had the giggles today but I secretly smiled watching them goof around.

Salomons in the National Catholic Register

We are pretty excited.  We were featured for a blog post on the National Catholic Register.  It’s an article about how we pray Lectio Divina together as a family.  Usually I keep my notes in evernote but I thought for Advent, I’d post my Lectio Divina notes here which is the reason for the several posts prior to this one.

 

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We are hoping that more families see that it is possible to do this, even very busy ones.  And we are a busy bunch, all 6 kids play soccer and the oldest 3 are referees as well as Rachel.  The girls are in American Heritage Girls and the boys in Trail Life USA, which means campouts, service projects, meetings, etc.  Rachel had lead the AHG troop for 3 years.  I am the committee chair for our TLUSA troop and the person who chartered it.  All 6 kids play in a Christian band.  I work full time and Rachel part time.  I’m also our parish youth group leader and on our diocese committee for family ministries.  I help out with PSR sometimes.  We also help out with this ministry:  http://www.strengtheningandhealing.org/

 

I think the thing is to just try, not once, but a few times.  If you haven’t prayed it before, give it a shot.  Like many things that are new to you, it may seem awkward at first and that’s ok.  We pray it, we fall away, we come back to it.  No pressure.

 

Here is an exerpt from notes that I took one day:

Prayed Lectio Divina with the family after dinner.  Rachel listened from the kitchen.  The kids had the giggles.  This continued despite my efforts to reign things in.  I put some of boys in time-out when we were trying to do contemplatio but they wouldn’t stop laughing.  They just couldn’t stop.  Eventually I exclaimed, “Someday can we get to the point where our normal family prayer posture isn’t time-out?!?”!  The kids exploded with laughter.  So I had everyone sit at the table but turned around so that our backs were to the table.  I sat and smiled and listened to the muted sounds of laughter from all the kids.  This day wasn’t the deepest prayer experience but I think it was a gift from God to be able to have joy around the table while praying.  This episode has become a favorite family memory.​

See?  No perfection.  Don’t worry, God will bless your efforts.

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/klemond/this-powerful-prayer-will-bring-a-new-springtime-to-the-church-said-pope-be

Advent 2016 Lectio Divina for 12/5/2016 – Luke 5:17-26

Lectio (reading):

Luke 5:17-26

We read the Gospel reading for the day.

One day as Jesus was teaching,
Pharisees and teachers of the law,
who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem,
were sitting there,
and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof
and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
into the middle in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said,
“As for you, your sins are forgiven.”

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves,
“Who is this who speaks blasphemies?
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,
“What are you thinking in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

He stood up immediately before them,
picked up what he had been lying on,
and went home, glorifying God.
Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,
and, struck with awe, they said,
“We have seen incredible things today.”

 

-Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition© 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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Meditatio (active meditation):

We talked about which was harder to do.  Bianca answered that only God can forgive sins so that was harder.  I added in that although he had done the harder thing, it was not visible to the people around him.  So in order to show that he has authority, he then also does the easier but visible thing by curing the man of his paralysis.  The crowds were amazed by this but even more so should have marveled at his ability to forgive sin.

The question came up about Jesus instructing the man to pick up his stretcher and go home instead of staying and being with Jesus longer.  I had heard a homily once where the priest said that when Jesus told him to pick up his mat, it wasn’t for neatness, otherwise he would have told him and his friends to fix the hole in the roof.  It was because he now had a mission to help others who may need it.  So he gets his instructions to take what he has learned and go back to share with his friends and family.

Oratio (prayer):

Today we prayed that whatever Jesus has helped us with in our lives, that we may also go and help others.  We prayed that Jesus use us to help bring people to him for healing and the forgiveness of their sins.

Contemplatio (passive contemplation):

We had struggled to concentrate today.  I was slightly restless during contemplation.

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