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Lectio Divina Reading

November 6, 2003

 

Opening Prayer

Calling on Sophia

Radiant and Unfading Wisdom,

your deep love calls to me.

I seek you with all my heart.

Hasten to make yourself known.

 

Sit at the gate of my heart.

Teach me your ways.

Meet me in my every thought.

Attune my mind to your perceptions.

 

Open all that is closed within me.

I desire your instruction.

I long to receive and to share your love.

Dance on the path of my life.

Free me from all that hinders.

Deepen all that attracts me to you.

As the mystery of my life unfolds

Through the quickly passing years,

Draw my love ever nearer to you.

 

I promise to be awake and vigilant,

Attentive to your voice,

Receptive to your guidance.

I will hide no secrets from you.

Come, reveal yourself to me.

 

Prayers to Sophia, Joyce Rupp

Read Wisdom chapter 5 and 6:1-11 on your own.

Wisdom sought is Wisdom found (Wisdom 6:12-21)

Wisdom is brilliant, she never fades.

By those who love her, she is readily seen,

By those who seek her, she is readily found.

She anticipates those who desire her by making herself known first.

Whoever gets up early to seek her will have no trouble

But will find her sitting at the door.

Meditating on her is understanding in its perfect form,

And anyone keeping awake for her will soon be free from care.

For she herself searches everywhere for those who are worthy of her,

Benevolently appearing to them on their ways,

Anticipating their every thought.

For wisdom begins with sincere desire for instruction, care for instruction means loving her, loving her means keeping her laws,

Attention to her laws guarantees incorruptibility,

And incorruptibility brings us near to God;

The desire for Wisdom thus leads to sovereignty.

Extra readings

Pr 1: 20-21

Wisdom calls aloud in the streets, she raises her voice in the public squares; she calls out at the street corners, she delivers her message at the city gates.

Pr 4:7

The first principle of wisdom is: acquire wisdom; at the cost of all you have, acquire understanding!

Pr 8:17

I love those who love me; whoever searches eagerly for me finds me.

Journaling suggestions

When do you find yourself calling upon Sophia?

For what do you most long and seek when you call upon her?

Call upon Sophia today from the depths of your heart in word or dance, song or art.

Lectio Divina for CP Groups
Contemplative Outreach of Dallas

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