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.
Gospel reading: John 17.1-11
Words: gave, give, given
I imagine God as Creator and Sustainer, lovingly wrapping me as a gift, giving me to Jesus to open, and the wonder and delight on Jesus’ face as he unwraps me.
How much have I allowed him to unwrap and how much am I still clinging to the paper?
I spend some time dwelling the memory of once sending some yellow lilies to a friend, her delighted response to receiving them, and her description of how lovingly she looked after them. How lovingly Jesus takes care of me.
Gospel reading: John 16.5-11
Words: sorrow … none of you asks me
I feel a sadness in Jesus’ voice. He is so ready to answer, when asked where he is going, or to give something, so ‘Ask, and it will be given to you’ – even though the reply or the gift is sometimes oblique, always with what is needed.
Is it still the case that no-one asks? Well at this season I am jolly well going to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you.
Gospel reading: John 14.27-31
Words: peace … rise
Some meanings of rise, in context and out of context:
- Get up, get ready to go, get ready for the day first thing
- Be resurrected with Jesus, claim the new life on offer
- Let the yeast work through you
- Maya Angelou “And still I rise” despite troubles and being put down – claim my strength, power and voice
Gospel reading: John 10.22-30
Words: plainly … How long will you keep us in suspense? … no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand
I am feeling the suspense of the coronavirus in my body, as a string highly strung. There is the uncertainty of how long the restrictions will last, whether the government will do a proper job, whether things will explode. But God’s hands hold all and will not let go… a comfort.