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: Mark 12.13-17
They who were not Jesus’ friends or allies were ‘utterly amazed’ at him. Perhaps the Greek ‘amazed’ has negative connotations here. But for me I want to take it positively and ponder over how there was nothing in them that was not amazed – they were utterly, totally, and completely amazed, without holding anything back.
In the hymn to the tune ‘O Waly Waly’, God ‘loves beyond our uttermost’. God knows us totally, completely, both our light, and our uttermost darkness. And God loves us, totally, completely, utterly, and beyond that. The line always makes me well up when I sing it, because it touches the wellspring of a deep truth.
So I want my response to be love of God, utterly and completely, holding nothing back, so there is no part of me that does not love God. It is a work in progress!