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III TEN POINTS FOR PERSONAL LECTIO DIVINA

The attitude of the faithful disciple:

The Lord God has given, me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word the one that is weary. Morning by morning God wakens, wakens my car to hear as those who are taught. (Is 50:4)

1 Opening prayer, an invocation to the holy Spirit.

2 Slow and attentive reading of the text.

3 A moment of interior silence, to recall what I have read.

4 Look at the meaning of each phrase.

5 Bring the word into the present, ponder it, in relation to life.

6 Broaden my vision by relating this text to other biblical texts.

7 Read the text again, prayer giving a response to God.

8 Formulate my commitment to life.

9 Pray with a suitable psalm.

10 Choose a phrase which captures the meaning and memorise it.

The Lord has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I turned not backward. I gave my back to the smiters ... For the Lord God helps me; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; who vindicates me is the one near. (Is 50:5-8).

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