Shared Lectio Divina, Thy Kingdom Come, 27 May 2020

Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer uniting Christians around the world during the days from Ascension Day to Pentecost. From 21-30 May 2020, the Diocese of Exeter held a prayer room open on Zoom, and a number of churches, including Exeter Cathedral, signed up to lead periods of prayer.

Since April 2020, I have been jointly hosting a shared Lectio group on Tuesday evenings. I led two such sessions during Thy Kingdom Come, and participated in a third. 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 3.13-17

Word: consent

Reflections:

In Centring Prayer, I consent to the Spirit’s presence and action, God’s work in me.

Here is John the Baptist consenting to doing something for Jesus. How beautiful that Jesus receives from us! See also the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet (eg Mark 14.3-9).

How do I do something for Jesus today? Two things I can do are to spend time with him in prayer and to work on being loving to myself. Then it takes openness to other opportunities and it is a challenge to see Jesus in everyone we meet: “If you do anything for the least of these, you are doing it for me.” (Matthew 31.40).