Shared Lectio Divina, Thy Kingdom Come, 30 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: John 21.20-23

Word: turned


Different meanings of turned:

  • Peter turning to face backwards
  • Metanoia, repentance, turning a new leaf
  • Turning back from the plough (Luke 9.62)
  • Mary Magdalene turning to Jesus (see 14 April 2020)
  • Cheesy 1980s pop: “You spin me right round…” and “Turn again, bright eyes”
  • Turning my mind to something, or turning something over in my mind

I need to avoid being turned by others, to take responsibility for myself and my own actions. And I need to recognise and admit culpability whenever I turn back to compare myself with others… and to take care to re-turn to my own path.