Today let’s try Lectio Divina again, this time with a different passage of Scripture. See the instructions under the section called ‘Reflection.’
25 [Jesus said,] “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Lectio Divina goes like this:
Read the passage out loud. Sit for a moment in silence.
Read the passage out loud again, this time listening for a word or phrase that sticks out.
Read the passage out loud a third time, this time pondering, “What is God saying to me in this word or phrase?” Sit in silence for a moment.
Read the passage out loud a final time, asking God, “Lord, how do you want me to respond to what you are teaching me today?” Sit in prayerful silence, listening for God to speak to you.
Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word; and give us grace that we may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ our Lord. Amen.