Lectio divina came from Origen in the 3rd century, he wrote: “when you devote yourself to the divine reading … seek the meaning of divine words which is hidden from most people”.
Origen believed that the word (i.e. Logos) was incarnate in Scripture and could therefore emotively and spiritually move the readers and hearers. Origen taught that the reading of Scripture could help move beyond elementary thoughts about the reading to discover the higher wisdom hidden in the scriptures for our lives in meditation.
Lectio Divina involves reading, it is less a practice of reading than one of listening to the inner message of the Scripture discerned with the Holy Spirit. Lectio Divina does not seek information, deepen our communion with God. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the “Living Word”
Lectio Divina thus involves meditating upon and pondering on the scriptural passage. When the passage is read, it is generally advised not to try to assign a meaning to it at first, but to wait for the action of the Holy Spirit to illuminate the mind in resonance, as the passage is pondered upon. An opportunity is given to reflect this with out commentary from others. Different questions are offered to help in this pondering and discerning.
Gavin Hanbridge leads us in this ancient and meaningful meditation.
Once a month in as part of the 7:30 pm evening service.