Interruption | Tuesday, December 11
Spiritual Practice: Lectio Divina
This morning, you are invited to engage in a meditative reading of scripture in the form of the spiritual practice, lectio divina. Before you begin, spend a moment relaxing and breathing deeply. As you breathe, invite Jesus to quiet you with his written Word.
First reading: Read the passage below one time, slowly, pausing between phrases. After you finish the first reading, be silent for a moment or two.
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.”
Read Luke 1:26-38 slowly once again, pausing between phrases. This time, pause even longer and be aware of any words or phrases that catch your attention or seem to stand out in any way. Write them down, if so.
Read the passage a third time. When you come to the word or phrase that struck you during the previous reading, stop and repeat it a few times.
Silence for Reflection:
Spend a few minutes reflecting on the phrase that moved you. Repeat it a few more times. Let the words interact with your thoughts, your memories or any other Bible passages that come to mind. Let it speak to your hopes and fears.
• Spend a moment or two asking God what He might want to say to you specifically through the phrase that stood out to you in your reading?
• Ask yourself and God, What am I being called to do as a result of the word I have been given?
Prayer for the Day:
Almighty God, as Mary submitted herself to the angel’s announcement and took on the posture of a servant, may I too allow my life to be interrupted by your call. Protect me with your power that I may not be overcome with anxiety or fear. Guide and direct me to the fulfillment of your purpose in all I do, through Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen.