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Lectio Divina Reading

February 15, 2007

First Reading

Cant: Colossians 1:12-20

Let us give thanks to God
for having made us worthy
to share the inheritance of the saints in light.

Ant. You are Godís temple; Godís spirit dwells in you.

God has delivered us
from the power of darkness
and transferred us
into the kingdom of Godís beloved
Son, Jesus,
in whom we have redemption,
the forgiveness of our sins.

Ant. You are Godís temple; Godís spirit dwells in you.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the first Ėborn of all creation;
in him all things were created,
in heaven and on earth,
things visible and invisible.

Ant. You are Godís temple; Godís spirit dwells in you.

All things were created through him;
all were created for him.
He is before all else that is.
In him all things hold together.

Ant. You are Godís temple; Godís spirit dwells in you.

He is the head of the body, the church!
He is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead,
that in everything, he might be above all others.

Ant. You are Godís temple; Godís spirit dwells in you.

In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
and through him, to reconcile all
things to himself,
whether on earth or in heaven,
making peace by the blood of his cross.

Ant. You are Godís temple; Godís spirit dwells in you.

Second Reading

My God, how can You leave me to myself, for You are responsible for me? And how could I be harmed while You are my Ally? Or how could I be disappointed in You, my Welcomer? Here I am seeking to gain access to You by means of my need of You. How could I seek to gain access to You by means of what cannot possible reach You? Or how can I complain to You of my state, for it is not hidden from You? Or how can I express myself to You in My speech, since it comes from You and goes forth to You? Or how can my hopes be dashed, for they have already reached You? Or how can my state not be good, for they are based on You and go to You? My God how gentle You are with me in spite of my great ignorance, and how merciful You are with me in spite of my ugly deeds! Ata Illah, The Book of Wisdom, p.120

Glory to you source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
Amen

Lectio Divina Ė Opening Prayer

I invite you to pray the following prayer that invokes the Holy Spirit of the LORD:

Come, Holy Spirit, come, Pour the living water of Your presence
on the thirsty ground of my heart.

Make rivers of living water flow
on the barren heights of my soul,
and springs will up within all its valleys.

I would receive power, Lord Jesus Christ, to be your witness
at home and throughout the earth.
Be Thou in me the fountain of living water,
springing up unto everlasting life. AMEN

Closing Prayer

Canticle of Mary

My Soul proclaims your greatness, O my God,
and my spirit has rejoiced in you, my Saviour,

For your regard has blessed me,
poor and a serving woman.

From this day all generations
will call me blessed,
For you who are mighty, have made me great.
Most Holy be your Name.

Your mercy is on those who fear you
throughout all generations.

You have shown strength with your arm,
You have scattered the proud in their heartsí fantasy.

You have put down the mighty from their seat,
and have lifted up the powerless.

You have filled the hungry with good things,
and have sent the rich away empty.

You, remembering your mercy,
have helped your people Israel,
As you promised Abraham and Sarah,
Mercy to their children, forever.

All: Glory to source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
AMEN

Through the night

Through the night your angels kept
Watch be-side us while we slept;
Now the dark- has passed away,
Thank you, God, for this- new day.

North and south and east and west
May your ho-ly Name be blessed;
Everywhere- beneath the sun,
As in heav'n, your will- be done.

Give us food that we may live;
Every thoughtlessness please forgive;
Keep all e-vil things away
From your people here- today.

Lectio Divina for CP Groups
Contemplative Outreach of Dallas

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