Lectio Divina the 18th Week in Ordinary Time

Lectio Divina for the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
We begin our prayer:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen.
Draw near to your servants, O Lord,
and answer their prayers with unceasing kindness,
that, for those who glory in you as their Creator and
guide,
you may restore what you have created
and keep safe what you have restored.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the
Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(Collect, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Reading (Lectio)
Read the following Scripture two or three times.
Matthew 14:13-21
When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist,
he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by
himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him
on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and
saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity
for them, and he cured their sick. When it was
evening, the disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the
villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to
them, “There is no need for them to go away; give
them some food yourselves.” But they said to him,
“Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.”
Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he
ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking
the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to
heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and
gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to
the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they
picked up the fragments left over—twelve wicker
baskets full. Those who ate were about five
thousand men, not counting women and children.
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?
The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot
from their towns. What encouraged me to follow
Jesus? Where is God calling me to go?
His heart was moved with pity for them. What pain
do I need to entrust to the heart of Jesus? How can I
be more compassionate toward others?
There is no need for them to go away; give them
some food yourselves. How have I pushed people
away from God because of my words or actions?
How can I attend to others’ needs more generously?
After a period of silent reflection and/or discussion,
all recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following:
Closing Prayer
The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.
The eyes of all look hopefully to you,
and you give them their food in due season;
you open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
(From Psalm 145)
Living the Word This Week
How can I make my life a gift for others in charity?
Contribute time, food, or money to a local food
pantry.
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