Saturday, March 22, 2014

Praying with Sacred Texts

As with all Saturdays in this Lenten study, today's a catch-up day.  If you've missed any of the videos this week, please see the last five blogs.

And today, we'll continue with the series in Monastic Wisdom from the Society of St. John the Evangelist, Praying with Sacred Texts.  You can listen to the 18-minute sermon, or read it at that link.  It's got some quite interesting things to contemplate, from the age of the world to the age of humanity, to the age of languages in the plural, to the age of our sacred texts - all in comparison with how long the Earth has been around.  Just to think about that time difference sort of blows your mind as to how young we really are.

Brother Mark Brown walks us through an exercise in lectio divina, the divine reading.  He uses Psalm 63, and asks that you pray first that the Holy Spirit will speak to you through the reading, and that you pay attention to whatever words catch your attention, and contemplate them - what new thing do you learn?  Think about?  What different way of hearing the Word were you given?

But then he also speaks of the silent prayer of a snowflake, a "prayer of praise to the Creator in simply being."  And sometimes the sincerity in that wordless, soundless prayer is as profound as any words we might use.

So today, slow down.  Allow things that normally race by in a day to catch your attention.  See what is made new and allow it to be at the center of your attention.  Open the Bible to a random place and pray with that sacred text.  What new Word does God give you in Christ?

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