Shared Lectio Divina, 25 August 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: Matthew 23.23–26

Words: without neglecting


There is so much of justice and mercy and faith that needs doing, and no-one can possibly do all of it. I’m concerned with climate and other environmental issues, and women, and sexuality and reading #BLM books, ‘doing the work’. But I can’t possibly sort all of that, and it’s pointless even trying.

I am always questioning: Have I got my priorities right? What is my vision? What is my calling? It has taken me many years to come to the realisation that actually, for me it comes down to “without neglecting” to love God first – heart, soul, mind, strength – and then self and neighbour. Finally I paid attention enough to God’s still small voice!

So my priority now has become my practice of contemplative prayer, seeking God’s face, without neglecting the big things of justice and mercy and faith, and without neglecting to pay attention to the small things too. And I hope that if I seek God’s face first, then my priorities for the other things will fall into place.