The British Province
of Carmelite Friars
IV SEVEN SUGGESTIONS FOR GROUP LECTIO DIVINA
Jesus stood in their midst and said: Peace be with you. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures (Lk 24:36,45).
And Jesus said: the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that 1 have said to you ... the Spirit will guide you into all the truth (Jn 14:26; 16:13).
1 Welcome and prayer
o A word of welcome and of sharing expectations.
o Opening prayer, asking for the light of the Holy Spirit.
2 Reading of the text
o Slow and attentive reading, followed by a moment of silence.
o Remaining silent, allowing the Word to come.
o Repeating the text by asking each one to recall a word or phrase from it, until the whole text is heard again.
3 What does the text say?
o Share impressions and questions as to what the text is saying.
o If necessary, read the text again and help one another to understand it.
o A moment of silence in order to assimilate all that has been heard.
4 Its meaning for us
o Ponder the text and discover its meaning for today.
o Apply the meaning of the text to the situation in which we live today.
o Broaden the meaning, by relating this text to the other texts in the Bible.
o Situate the text in God's plan which is accomplished in human history.
5 Pray with the text
o Read the text again with great attention.
o A moment of silence in order to prepare our response to God.
o Share, in the form of intercessions, the lights and strengths which have been received.
6 Contemplation and commitment
o Formulate the commitment to which the prayerful reading has led.
o Choose a phrase which captures the whole message in order to take that phrase with you throughout the day.
7 A psalm
o Pick a psalm which is in tune with all that has been experienced in the meeting.
o Conclude the meeting by reciting the psalm.
And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, 'Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who by the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, 'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples imagine vain things? The kings of the earth set themselves in array and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed. And now Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to your servant to speak your word with all boldness. . .'And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness (Acts 4:24-26;29,31).