Lectio Divina Reading
January 19, 2003
Second Sunday in Ordinary time
1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19
3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the LORD called Samuel.
Samuel answered, "Here I am." 5 And
he ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me."
6 Again the LORD called, "Samuel!"
And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The
word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, "Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, 'Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at
the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!"
11 And the LORD said to Samuel: "See, I am about to do something 19 The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground.
1 Corinthians 6:13-15
13"Food for the stomach and the stomach for food"--but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!
35The next day John was there again with two of
his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said,
"Look, the Lamb of God!"
40Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the
two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The
first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him,
"We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). 42And
he brought him to Jesus.
A Prayer to Live Life More Fully
We move so fast, God, and sometimes we see so little in our daily travels. Slow us down. Create in us a desire to pause. Help us to pursue moments of contemplation. Help us to see in a deeper way, to become more aware of what speaks to us of beauty and truth.
Our inner eye gets misty, clouded over, dulled. We need to see in a new way, to dust off our heart, to perceive what is truly of value and to find the deeper meaning in our lives.
All of our ordinary moments are means of entering into a more significant relationship with you, God. In the midst of those very common happenings, you are ready to speak your word of love to us, if only we will recognize your presence.
Teach us how to enjoy being. Encourage us to be present to the gifts that are ours. May we be more fully aware of what we see, taste, touch, hear, and smell. May this awareness of our senses sharpen our perception of our everyday treasures and lead us to greater joy and gratitude.
Grant us the courage to be our true selves. Help us to let go of being overly concerned about what others think of us or of how successful we are. May our inner freedom be strengthened and our delight in life be activated.
Life is meant to be celebrated, enjoyed, delighted in, and embraced in all its mystery. Guide us to our inner child. Draw us to your playground of creation, God of life, so that we will live more fully. AMEN.
Joyce Rupp, May I Have This Dance
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