Solemnity of Pentecost!
Lectio Divina for Pentecost
We begin our prayer:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Fulfill for us your gracious promise, O Lord, we pray, so that by his coming the Holy Spirit may make us witnesses before the world to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
(Prayer after the Fourth Reading, Pentecost, Extended
Read the following Scripture two or three times.
John 15:26-27; 16:12-15
Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”
After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on one or more of the following questions:
- What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
- What in this passage comforted you?
- What in this passage challenged you?
If practicing lectio divina as a family or in a group, after the reflection time, invite the participants to share their responses.
Read the Scripture passage one more time. Bring to the Lord the praise, petition, or thanksgiving that the Word inspires in you.
Read the Scripture again, followed by this reflection:
What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?
You also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning. How has God been present in my life?
How can I testify to his presence?
The Spirit of truth … will guide you to all truth. How can I discern what is true? What resources do I have to lead me to the truth?
Everything that the Father has is mine. What has the Father given me? How can I respond to the Father in gratitude and generosity?
After a period of silent reflection and/or discussion, all recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following:
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O LORD! the earth is full of your creatures;
May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD be glad in his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme; I will be glad in the LORD.
If you take away their breath, they perish and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.
(From Psalm 104)
Living the Word This Week
How can I make my life a gift for others in charity?
Consider participating in a faith formation class (in person or online) this summer.
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