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Lectio Divina Reading

October 19, 2003

The Book of Wisdom

Wisdom and Human Destiny

On seeking God and rejecting evil (Chapter 1:1-8)

Love uprightness you who are rulers on earth,

be properly disposed towards the Lord and seek him in simplicity of heart; for he will be found by those who do not put him to the test, revealing himself to those who do not mistrust him. Perverse thoughts, however, separate people from God, and power, when put to the test, confounds the stupid. Wisdom will never enter the soul of a wrong-doer, nor dwell in a body enslaved to sin; for the holy spirit of instruction flees deceitfulness, recoils from unintelligent thoughts, is thwarted by the onset of vice.

Wisdom is a spirit friendly to humanity, though she will not let a blasphemerís words go unpunished; since God observes the very soul and accurately surveys the heart, listening to every word. For the spirit of the Lord fills the world, and that which holds everything together knows every word said. No one who speaks what is wrong will go undetected, nor will avenging Justice pass by such a one.

Good-bye to Summer


Bestower of Fruitfulness,

little pockets of god

sing among the green,

humming the melody

of autumnís arrival.

the calendar speaks

of no such thing,

but trees rarely lie.

Summerís vibrant swelling

of sweet fruitfulness

still entices me.

Cool mornings and ripe afternoons

are too delicious for me

to simply say "good-bye."

I grieve again summerís going.

I struggle once more to welcome

the dying inherent in autumn.

I turn to my heart,

where you dwell in harmony.

Together we will prepare

for this never-easy-call

to say farewell to fruitfulness..

Wise Lady of the Season,

you sing a spiraling melody,

urging me onward with your song,

the only words of which I hear

are "let go, let go, let go."

Prayer to Sophia, Joyce Rupp

"She is, more precious than jewels and nothing you desire can compare with her."
Proverbs 3:15


Is there a part of your life that is in "summer" now?

Are you being asked to let go of anything that has been fruitful and abundant for you?

What part of your "summer" is most challenging for you to let go?

Lectio Divina for CP Groups
Contemplative Outreach of Dallas

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