Shared Lectio Divina, 22 September 2020

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 8.19-21

Word: wanting


This passage is a parallel to the one in Matthew from two months ago. Then, my word was Someone, and I wrote an extended reflection on the importance of the unnamed and unsung bit parts in Bible stories.

But Someone doesn’t appear at all in Luke. Someone’s action in telling Jesus that his mother and brothers were standing outside is reduced to the passive voice: “he was told”.

Matthew gave Someone no name and no role, but Luke takes away even more. “For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” (Matthew 25.29).

Still, even though I may have “passed out of mind like one who is dead” (Psalm 31.12a), I have remaining to me the wanting to see Jesus. No-one can take that desire from me.