Shared Lectio Divina, April 2020

Since April 2020, I have been jointly hosting a shared Lectio group on Tuesday evenings. The first three sessions were a trial. Will shared Lectio work on Zoom? Will the sessions be helpful to the Cathedral community in the early days of lockdown? 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.

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28 April

Gospel reading: John 6.30-35

Word: true

Reflections:

What is truth in the media and politics today? What are ‘bread’ and ‘true bread’, and what is actually nourishing? I am not finding the news helpful, but am finding these Lectio sessions together to be nourishing, so will continue them.

21 April

Gospel reading: John 3.7-15

Words: How can these things be?

Reflections:

Nicodemus used the same words as Mary at the Annunciation, but compare an untutored small-town girl with a leader of the Jews (John 3.1).

14 April

Gospel reading: John 20.11-18

Word: outside

Reflections:

Initially I sat with the feeling of being an outsider. Being on the outside through Zoom and screens, as most are at the moment. Not being on the inside, eg one of the clergy, and therefore wondering whether what I have to offer will ever be valued. (For example, will anyone join these Lectio sessions?)

With this story, my usual focus is on the words spoken. This time the looking, seeing, movements and directions struck me:

  • Mary stood outside the tomb
  • She bent over to look into the tomb
  • She saw two angels sitting
  • She turned around and saw Jesus standing
  • For whom are you looking?
  • She turned on hearing her name
  • “Do not hold on … but go
  • “I am ascending
  • Mary went
  • “I have seen

Mary turned twice – only half way and she only half sees Jesus as the gardener; fully and she sees Jesus as Teacher and Lord. Turning as repentance or metanoia.

The stillness of standing and sitting in the tomb and the garden.

The dynamism of ascending and going. Jesus is no longer passive and acted upon in his Passion – “they have taken … I will take him away” – but active – “I am ascending”. Mary is called to action also: “go”.