Tag Archives: Lectio Divina

Clean inside and out

Jan Luyken (1649-1712)
Eating with Unwashed Hands
Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible illustrations housed at Belgrave Hall, Leicester, England
Photo by Philip De Vere

Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” Mark 7:14-15

God made me in God’s own image of goodness and love. Today I will remain in God. I will refuse to be distracted and harried by the negativity, blame, manipulation, shame, and fear that bombard me from all sides. I will let my true nature of kindness, patience, encouragement, and comfort flow out of me to help heal our sorrowing world.

We will serve the Lord

Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Joshua Addressing the Israelites at Shechem
black chalk, pen and brush in brown ink, heightened with white, squared, 1518
Teylers Museum

Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:67-68

Who else could teach me to be love, to be compassion, to be forgiveness, to be healing except Jesus, the Master of kindness, reconciliation, and consolation?

Today I will serve the Lord by practicing what he has taught me: to love my enemies and my neighbor; to serve the poor, homeless, hungry, and ill; to comfort the frightened, distraught, and hopeless.

Magnified

James Tissot (1836-1902)
Le magnificat
gouache over graphite on gray wove paper
between 1886 and 1894
Brooklyn Museum

“The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name.” Luke 1:49

When I align my will with the Almighty’s, all things are possible.

Today I will ask God to show me what to do and for the grace to do it.

Kindred

Enver Rhamanov
Compassionate presence
on the Kalachakra grounds
in Bodh Gaya, India
January 15, 2013

Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another.
Ephesians 4:32

May I be aware that you are carrying unknown burdens. May I choose kind attitudes, words, and behaviors in your presence. May I feed you with God’s love and faithfulness.

Fed with love

James Tissot (1836-1902)
La multiplicité des pains, between 1886 and 1894
opaque watercolor over graphite
on gray wove paper
Brooklyn Museum

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
John 6:35

Today I will be fed by reading Scripture, taking time to be still, and knowing God is always with me.

I will feed others by being kind, listening attentively, and being respectful of their needs and hopes.

Live in gentleness

Feeding the multitude
Bibliothèque nationale de France

[Live]…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love. Ephesians 4:-2

Treat yourself and others with gentleness. Choose gentle words. Make your touch gentle. Look into hearts. See the fragility and vulnerability there. Know that gentleness heals.

Perpetual student

James Tissot (1836-1902)
Jésus enseigne le peuple près de la mer
opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, between 1886 and 1894
Brooklyn Museum

When [Jesus] disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34

A few of the things Jesus has taught me:
– Love my neighbor.
– Forgive those who hurt me.
– Don’t judge myself or others.
– Welcome strangers.
– Notice people and be aware of and attentive to their needs.
– Pray always.

Today I will practice one of the things Jesus has taught me by his word and example.

Be the kindness

Raphael (1483-1520)
Studies of the heads of two apostles and of their hands
black chalk over pounced underdrawing with some white heightening on laid paper
c. 1519 – 1520
Oxford, Ashmolean

Lord, let us see your kindness. Psalm 85:8a

Our smiles and encouragement, compassion and respect, peaceful presence and helping hands allow others to see and know the kindness of the Lord.

Today I will be the kindness of the Lord in all my interactions.

Without judgment

Khalil Raad (1854-1957)
Carpenters in Nazareth
1 January 1920

And they took offense at him. Mark 6:3

I don’t have to be offended by others’ opinions. I don’t have to envy others’ gifts and talents. I don’t have to be suspicious of others because of the way they look, the language they speak, or the religion they practice.

Today I will honor others instead of judging them.

Focus on the Lord

Laura James
The Woman Suffering from Hemorrhages
acrylic on canvas, 2007
Private Collection

Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” Mark 5:36

With faith, I keep my eyes on the Lord instead of the problem. I reach out to touch the Lord and allow him to touch me. I trust the Lord to lead me, guide me, and show me the next right thing to do.

Today I will remember God is with me. I will put my focus on the Lord and ask him to help me.