Lectio Divina Reading
October 23, 2003
Blessed are those who walk hand in hand with goodness, who stand beside virtue, who sit in the seat of truth;
For their delight is in the Spirit of Love, and in Love’s heart they dwell day and night.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, that yield fruit in due season, and their leaves flourish;
And in all that they do, they give life.
The unloving are not so;
they are like dandelions, which the wind blows away.
Turning from the Heart of Love
they will know suffering and pain.
They will be isolated from wisdom; for Love know the way of truth, the way of ignorance will perish. "Psalms For Praying" Nan Merrill
Destinies of the good and bad compared (Ch 3:1-12)
But the souls of the upright are in the hands of God, and no torment can touch them. To the unenlightened, they appeared to die, their departure was regarded as a disaster, their leaving us like an annihilation; but they are at peace. If, as it seemed to us, they suffered punishment, their hope was rich with immortality; slight was their correction, great will their blessings be. God was putting them to the test and has proved them worthy to be with him; he has tested hem like gold in a furnace, and accepted them as a perfect burnt offering. At their time of visitation, they will shine out; as sparks run through the stubble, so will they. They will judge nations, rule over peoples, and the Lord will be their king for ever. Those who trust in him will understand the truth, those who are faithful will live with him in love; for grace and mercy await his holy ones, and he intervenes on behalf of his chosen.
But the godless will be duly punished for their reasoning, for having neglected the upright and deserted the Lord. Yes, wretched are they who scorn wisdom and discipline: their hope is void, their toil unavailing, their achievements unprofitable; their wives are reckless, their children depraved, their descendants accursed.
(Complete reading on your own: Wisdom chapter 1:9-14 and Wisdom chapter 2.)
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