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LECTIO DIVINAS

The Lectio Divina on reading the Bible by reflecting on the sacred word in a meditative attitude and by feeling the message of God in a contemplative mood. The activity of the Lectio Divina has its point of departure in the reading of the Biblical text, involves an effort of comprehension of the spiritual meaning of the Sacred Word, and finally has its point of arrival by making an inner effort of discovering what God wants to say to the heart of those who endeavor to do this kind of reading. The discovering of what God wants to say to your heart will, in turn, lead to the experience of praying, i.e. : This is an experience of the lectio reader’s response to the Sacred Word, which God has transmitted to her/him. In a word: the lectio is a form of praying through God’s Word, in other words, the lectio consist on holding a conversation with God by listening carefully to his Word. There is also a final movement of the lectio that consists on a concrete action, which means that this conversation with God has its fruit in the behavior of the reader.

The lectio divina The lectio divina has been valued in the Christian tradition since its medieval origins until the present days. The lectio has been performed during centuries in Christian communities of faith, and particularly in institutions of religious and monastic life. As a matter of fact, the Benedictine family has included the lectio as one of the daily duties in the life of a monk. Benedictines approach the lectio as an experience of “ruminating” God’s word, in other words, to ruminate means a chewing of the Word in our heart. In this sense, rumination means an inner experience of both listening and responding to God’s Word, which entails pulling the Holy Spirit’s strength out of the Word.

The lectio involves 5 steps according to the Christian tradition along the centuries:

  • Reading (Lectio): It consists on reading the Biblical text in a slow and deliberate movement by listening peacefully to the Word, and trying to interpret it.
  • Meditation (Meditatio): Once we have interpreted the Word, we need to embrace it in our heart. This entails a spiritual effort of deep listening to God’s word through the Biblical text.
  • Praying (Oratio): God has spoken to us in the meditation and now we respond to his Word by modulating in our heart a profound prayer.
  • Contemplation (Contemplatio): This movement consists on savoring or ruminating the message that God has sent to us. This is a silent resting in God’s Word.
  • Action (Actio): The Holy Spirit becomes the source of our action. Therefore, God’s message must be applied to our life in order to transform what is around us, and all must be done in the light of the Word.

eBIBLE’s SET OF LECTIOS

The eBible project offers a set of lectios in downloadable audiovisual format, and they are available for free. These lectios have a methodological approach based on the interaction of images, audio, music and guides. This interaction reinforces meditation and prayer during the reading. In addition, this is a kind of lectios that significantly relies the experience of reading a particular passage on the interaction of other Biblical passages related to it. In this sense, these lectios emphasize the strong capacity of a particular Biblical text in relating to other parallel Biblical texts. Finally, the eBible set of lectios put the reader in interaction with the rich tradition of interpretative texts of the Fathers of the Church and other Christian masters.

Since these lectio have an audiovisual and interactive format, they can be performed alone and in-group, in private or in a community. That is possible thanks to the digital format full of audiovisual and communicative facilities.

Our lectio follow the steps of the traditional lectio divina:

  • Reading comprehension: Every lectio deals with a special topic (Creation, John the Baptist, Temptations of Jesus, Parables) present in a special biblical fragment. Other biblical fragments related with the main message enrich this central biblical passage. A theologian leads in a video the presentation of the lectio. He analyze thoroughly the text with a rigorous and precise interpretation, he also study the different values and contra-values applicable to your life.
  • Meditation: Interpretation and analysis is the first step and it puts on truck towards meditation. Meditate a text entails both comprehension and effort in the mind in order to get what God wanted to say directly to your heart. Meditation leads you to an experience of hearing deeply the word of God talking through a biblical text. Different questions enhance this hearing experience. These questions help you to put in its right value the Word of God, and also make you to reflect these values in you own existence and daily life.
  • Prayer: Personal and profound meditation of a biblical text leads you directly to hearing the Word of God, and this experience leads you to a step of interact with it. At the end, Meditation makes you to replay through praying and talking with God. In this lectios, Psalms are the best way of getting the right tone of the biblical frament.
  • Contemplation and action: Praying brings you to the experience of tasting and enjoying the wonderful reality of a biblical message arisen from a text. In this way, the reader feels touched by the Word of God and feels also the need to put in action, and consequently, to apply this message to his/her life in order to transform the World to the extend possible.
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