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Lectio Divina for the Fourteenth Week  in Ordinary Time

We begin our prayer:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, who in the abasement of your Son have raised up a fallen world, fill your faithful with holy joy, for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin you bestow eternal gladness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

(Collect, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Reading (Lectio)

Read the following Scripture two or three times.

Mark 6:1-6

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?  And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Meditation (Meditatio)

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.

Prayer (Oratio)

Read the Scripture passage one more time. Bring to the Lord the praise, petition, or thanksgiving that the Word inspires in you.


Contemplation (Contemplatio)

Read the Scripture again, followed by this reflection:

What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?

Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. What disciples have accompanied me on my faith journey? Who is in need of my accompaniment?

A prophet is not without honor except in his native place. When have I failed to honor those who helped to form my faith? Who are the prophets calling me to live according to God’s will?

So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there. What occurrences or actions have strengthened my faith? What deeds or actions have made me more aware of God acting in my life?

After a period of silent reflection and/or discussion, all recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following: 

Closing Prayer:

To you I lift up my eyes

            who are enthroned in heaven —

As the eyes of servants           are on the hands of their masters.

As the eyes of a maid              are on the hands of her mistress, So are our eyes on the LORD, our God,    till he have pity on us.

Have pity on us, O LORD, have pity on us,  for we are more than sated with contempt; our souls are more than sated        with the mockery of the arrogant,       with the contempt of the proud.

(From Psalm 123)

Living the Word This Week

How can I make my life a gift for others in charity?

Prayerfully consider participating in the process for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults as a catechist or sponsor.

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