Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jesus Teaches Us Lectio

A reflection for the Gospel reading for Saturday, September 10, 2011 (Luke 6:43-49) by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.

In today's Gospel, I noticed the invitation to lectio divina in Jesus' teaching on building on solid rock. He says, "I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them." This coming, listening, and acting on His words is the whole process of lectio.

You come to Him of your own free will, it's a choice. Now, you can stand there with Him, but if you don't listen to Him it's not going to help a whole lot. You have to have your heart open to listen. Listen to His words, for those are what give life. They will challenge you and cause you to dig deep. Finally, if you don't act on what you hear, you've buried your treasure. You have to invest His word in you and act on it.

In that way, you will have dug deeply for a foundation on rock. That rock is Christ and His Church. There will be no good fruit without a good foundation and without a deep setting in of the roots.

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