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Lectio Divina Reading

November 13, 2003

Opening, Psalm 139

Draw Me to Your Heart

Wise and Faithful Guide,
Keep my spirit entwined with yours.
Teach me about the poor and the pained.
Fill me with your mercy and compassion.
Help me to find your peace in my troubled moments.
Let love be the response I give to those who oppose me.
Constantly draw me toward all that is good.

Urge me to give my best to those who need it.
Lead me to learn from my discouragement and struggles.
Be the light I need to find my way in the darkness.
Fill my hollowness and emptiness with your love.

Most of all, continue to dwell within me
Because your gracious presence is all I ever need.
It is enough to bring me through the deepest canyons
And the darkest crevices of my life.

Divine Companion,
Draw me to your heart where wisdom resides
And daily let me choose to follow in your way.

 

 

Prayers to Sophia, Joyce Rupp

Wisdom

Solomon proposes to describe Wisdom (6:22-25)

What Wisdom is and how she was born, I shall now explain;

I shall hide no mysteries from you,

But shall follow her steps from the outset of her origin,

Setting out what we know of her in full light,

Without departing from the truth.

Blighting envy is not the companion for me,

For envy has nothing in common with Wisdom.

In the greatest number of wise men lies the world’s

Salvation,

In a sagacious king the stability of a people.

Learn, therefore from my words; the gain will be yours.

Solomon a man like other men (7:1-6)

I too am mortal like everyone else,

A descendant of the first man formed from the earth.

I was modeled in flesh inside a mother’s womb,

Where, for ten months, in blood I acquired substance-

The result of virile seed and pleasure, sleep’s companion.

I too, when I was born, drew in the common air,

I fell on the same ground that bears us all,

And crying was the first sound I made, like everyone else.

I was nurtured in swaddling clothes, with every care.

No king has known any other beginning of existence;

For there is only one way into life, and one way out of it.

 

Scripture passages to explore for a deeper understanding of the above passage:

Job 28:28.   Then he said to human beings, ‘wisdom?- that is fear of the Lord; Intelligence? avoidance of evil .’

Si 51:23.  Come close to me, you ignorant, take your place in my school.

Pr 29:4. A king gives a country stability by justice, an extortioner brings it to ruin.

Si 10:1-3.  A sagacious ruler educates his people, and he makes his subjects understand order. As the magistrate is, so will his officials be, as the governor is, so will be the inhabitants of his city. An undisciplined king will be the ruin of his people; a city owes its prosperity to the intelligence of its leading men. The government of the earth is in the hands of the Lord, he sets the right leader over it at the right time. Human success is in the hands of the Lord. He invests the scribe with honour.

Gn 2:7.  Yahweh God shaped man from the soil of the ground and blew the breath of life into his nostrils, and man became a living being.

Job 10:10.  Did you not pour me out like milk and then let me thicken like curds?

Ps 139:13-16.  You created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother’s womb. For so many marvels I thank you; a wonder am I, and all your works are wonders.

Si 17:1.  The Lord fashioned human beings from the earth to consign them back to it.

Journaling

What is it that you seek from this Wise and faithful Guide?

Draw a heart and place some words or symbols on it to represent what you seek.

 

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Contemplative Outreach of Dallas

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