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Lectio Divina for the Seventh Week in Ordinary
We begin our prayer:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen.
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, always pondering spiritual things,
we may carry out in both word and deed
that which is pleasing to you.
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, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading (Lectio)
Read the following Scripture two or three times.
Luke 6:27-38
Jesus said to his disciples: “To you who hear I say, love
your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless
those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the
other one as well, and from the person who takes your
cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone
who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is
yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would
have them do to you. For if you love those who love
you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those
who love them. And if you do good to those who do
good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do
the same. If you lend money to those from whom you
expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even
sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount.
But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and
lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be
great and you will be children of the Most High, for he
himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be
merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop
condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive
and you will be forgiven. Give, and gifts will be given to
you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and
overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the
measure with which you measure will in return be
measured out to you.”
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?