On the Prayerful Reading of Scripture

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“No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.”  (Deuteronomy 30:14).

The practice of Lectio Divina was so important to St. Benedict, that in Chapter 48 on Manual Labor in The Rule Benedict wrote very little about labor.  A fair amount of the chapter is focused on being sure that the Brothers (and Sisters) have specific periods to be observed by the prayerful reading of Scripture.

These words from Deuteronomy are a great reflection to help us focus on the prayerful reading of Scripture.  In Chapter 73, St. Benedict wrote, “What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest guides for human life?”  The practice of Lectio Divina allows us to to hear what the Lord says to our hearts as the Holy Spirit speaks to us through Sacred Scripture.  To live the God-Life, we must turn ourselves over so that we become a living offering to the God who loves us beyond our wildest imaginations.  Among the many ways we can do that, is to “listen” and “incline the ears of our heart” to what the Spirit has to say to us through the words that God has inspired.

As we contemplate the Opus Dei (the Work of God) in us and around us in the prayerful reading of what God continues to reveal in His Word, may our relationship with God and one another continue to grow from a mere abstraction to a living reality.

Amen.

Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB

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