Lectio Divina, literally divine reading,’ is an ancient Christian practice of praying the Scriptures. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one's relationship with the Divine.
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Fifth Sunday of Easter Reflection
When earthly lives end, especially when the person is younger, we tend to focus upon and consider what was lost. We think of lost opportunities — things they won’t be able to see, babies they won’t be able to cradle, and adventures that now must go undiscovered.
Our minds create this chasm between earth and heaven that sees the losses of this life as permanent ones, never possible to achieve again. This perception causes many folks to remain stuck in their grief as they ponder all of the missed opportunities and regrets.
This is not resurrection thinking. All of the love that we can give and receive, the joy and elation that can be experienced, the adventures that can be undertaken, and the possibilities to be discovered are all part of a continuous journey. They are not ends in and of themselves but are all part of the unfolding of a relationship we have with God, who not only makes all of these wonderful things possible now but sustains them and fulfills them into eternity. The perception and experience of loss is really an illusion, because in God’s eternal kingdom and in God’s time, nothing is ever lost. Even the most intimate and tender of moments we can conceive of sharing with another human being are only part of a journey toward perfect intimate and tender moments to be shared with God in our resurrected life. We become like God and see God as He is in eternity. What greater joy, love, and hope can ever be discovered as we walk down our often dimly lit paths in this world.
This is an awesome wonder and magnificent news to behold. Call to mind someone you have lost in death. How do you see them now? How do you see yourself in heaven? Remind yourself, again, that God is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Our happiness is not going to be fully realized in this world, and there is nothing we can find here that cannot be found one hundred fold in eternity. It’s all about relationship, and not solely about the relationships we have with each other, ourselves, and the world in which we live. It’s about our relationship with God. If we realize how special that one relationship really is, then there is only one particular of heaven and life eternal that really matters: namely, that we fall into love eternal and discover truth. For when we finally close our eyes in death, then all will be well as long as we are with God. There are no losses, only gains.
Today’s psalm proclaims, “[O]f the kindness of the Lord the earth is full.” Where do you see the kindness of the Lord at work in the world?
In the second reading, St. Peter writes that we are all to consider ourselves as “living stones” and a “holy priesthood.” Within your particular vocation (ordained or lay), how do you exercise your priesthood?
Jesus tells his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Instead they are called to have faith in God and in him. Where have troubles entered into your life and how might you seek to turn them over to the Lord?
Jesus’ description of his Father’s house with many dwelling places is a comforting image for many. How do you interpret these words?
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The opening words of today’s gospel are addressed to the disciples, and we can imagine they are addressed to us as well: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. / You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” These words were written to a community that did not have a history of trinitarian theology. Monotheism was in some ways challenged by Jesus’ identity with the Father. We recall that Jesus was crucified for, among other things, blasphemy. The early Christians believed in Jesus. They had faith in Jesus. They also believed God and had faith in God. Centuries later, and after many disagreements and councils, trinitarian theology developed to a point where a common creed was held. But in the early church that was still distant. In our own lives, we might be patient with ourselves and others who have difficulty with grandiose trinitarian concepts and instead root our knowledge of Jesus in the Scriptures and personal experience, for that is akin to what the early Christians did. Ultimately, Christianity is about service in the name of Jesus rather than knowledge in the name of Jesus. Therefore, we have faith in Jesus, as we have faith in God. We strive to die to ourselves in our own limited understanding, so that we might live to serve in his name. Such is the paschal mystery.