Since April 2020, I have been jointly hosting a shared Lectio group on Tuesday evenings. The following are my reflections only, during the prayer session and as I wrote them up. Please see my separate commentary and leaflet for more information about shared Lectio, and here is the whole collection of reflections…
Gospel reading: Luke 7.11-17
Words: This word
So many words stood out on reading the text each time:
- rise, has risen and Resurrection
- Do not weep, with its resonance of Ecclesiastes 3.4, so… this is not a time to weep, but a time to laugh
- stood still, with the resonance of Exodus 14.13-14 and Moses’ words to the Israelites fleeing the Egyptians “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still”, or Joshua 10.12-14 when “the sun stood still, and the moon stopped”
- touched, gave him, and using the sense of touch
All were summed up in “this word”, not just any word, but this word.
The two sayings – ‘A great prophet has risen among us!’ and ‘God has looked favourably on his people!’ – are of good news spreading widely, when it is so often bad news that travels fast.
The whole passage, the whole Gospel is ‘this word’ that has spread throughout the world, but still needs to be spread, in hidden ways of prayer overflowing in day-by-day compassionate acts.