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: Ephesians 6:18-20

Words: I must speak


I listen to the birds outside my window and on other’s unmuted Zoom feeds. I enjoy them, doing what is natural to them. They must raise their voices. “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.” (Psalm 19.1).

Must I speak? How? I seem to have put my head above the parapet in any case, leading these Lectio sessions.