A Lectio Divina Approach to the Sunday and Weekday Liturgy

 

BREAKING THE BREAD OF THE WORD (Series 10, n.26)

SEVENTH WEEK OF EASTER: May 20-26, 2012 **

 

(N.B. The pastoral tool BREAKING THE BREAD OF THE WORD: A LECTIO DIVINA APPROACH TO THE SUNDAY LITURGY includes a prayerful stud of the Sunday liturgy of Year B from three perspectives. For reflections on the Sunday liturgy based on the Gospel reading, please scroll up to the “ARCHIVES” above and open Series 1. For reflections based on the Old Testament reading, open Series 4. For reflections based on the Second Reading, open Series 7. Please go to Series 10 for the back issues of the Weekday Lectio.

 

Below is a LECTIO DIVINA APPROACH TO THE SUNDAY - WEEKDAY LITURGY: May 20-26, 2012. The following reflections are based on the weekday liturgy’s Gospel reading.)

 

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May 20, 2012: THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

“EASTER: A Time to Experience the Abiding Presence of the Risen Christ Ascended into Heaven”

46th WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS

 

BIBLE READINGS

Acts 1:1-11 // Eph 1:17-23 or Eph 4:1-13 // Mk 16:15-20

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

I am grateful to God for having given me the grace to visit St. Thomas Cathedral in Chennai, India, where the body of the apostle Thomas is buried. I also visited the mountain cave where he made water gush forth to slake the thirst of the people he was evangelizing. With a clean canister dangling on a string, our guide drew water from the St. Thomas well-spring and offered it to us – pilgrims - to drink. The water was fresh and sweet. Christianity reached India during apostolic times through St. Thomas and St. Bartholomew. The apostles obeyed the mandate of the Risen Lord to go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Today’s Syro-Malabar Christian communities in India attribute their existence to the Gospel preaching of St. Thomas. They testify to the zeal and ardor of the first apostles commissioned by the Risen Christ before his ascension into heaven.

The feast of the Lord’s ascension is a celebration of his “new” presence in our midst and of our missionary mandate as Church. The glorified Jesus continues to be present to us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He confirms us in our effort to go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. We do not give in to fear as we carry out our mission because the Risen Christ accompanies us with his protection and power. The “Gospel” we proclaim to every creature refers not to a doctrine, but to the very person of Jesus. The Church in mission is powered by an energy that comes from on high. The Holy Spirit, the vitalizing power of the Church’s mission, is the awesome manifestation of the Risen Lord’s abiding presence in today’s world.

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO 

How do I respond to the missionary mandate of the Risen Lord ascended into heaven:  “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature”?

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

           

Lord Jesus,

at your ascension you commissioned us

to go into the whole world

and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

You assure us of your saving presence

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

In your name,

we will drive out demons,

speak new languages,

escape the deadly bite of serpents,

overcome the venom in treacherous cups,

and lay healing hands on the sick.

Help us to trust in your word

as we proclaim anew the Gospel

in today’s secularized and fragmented world.

Confirm our humble efforts with sacred signs

that the world may believe in you.

We give you glory and praise,

now and forever.

Amen. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

            “He was taken up into heaven … They went forth and preached everywhere.” (Mk 16:19-20)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO   

As we celebrate the World Day of Social Communications, offer special prayer that the mass media and the digital instruments may be rightly used to proclaim the truth and not distort the truth. Through these modern means endeavor to proclaim the Gospel to the people of today.

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May 21, 2012: MONDAY – EASTER WEEKDAY (7) or SAINT CHRISTOPHER MAGALLANES, priest, and companion martyrs

“EASTER: A Time to Take Courage in the Lord”

 

 

BIBLE READINGS

Acts 19:1-8 // Jn 16:29-33

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

The disciples unwisely presume they have totally understood Jesus. The Divine Master exposes their misunderstanding and confronts their presumption by predicting their failure to stand by him to the end. The disciples are to desert him in the hour of trial. But Jesus will not be alone because God the Father is with him. During the paschal “hour” the disciples will scatter. Jesus thus exhorts them to take courage for he has already overcome the world. Their victory is assured in his own victory. His saving love triumphs over our weaknesses, trials and sufferings. In Jesus we find peace and strength to endure.

The following incident narrated by Archbishop Van Thuan shows how Christian disciples of today take courage in the Lord and experience the Easter peace he brings (cf. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, Testimony of Hope, Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 2000, p. 65-66).

The Catholics in the prison of Phu Khanh had secretly brought in a copy of the New Testament. They divided the book into small pieces and distributed these pieces among the Catholics who began to learn the passage by heart. Since the cells had floors of sand, when they heard a guard’s footsteps, they would hide the Word of God by burying it in the floor.

In the darkness of night, the prisoners would recite in turn the part of the New Testament each had already memorized. It was an impressive and moving experience to hear the Word of God proclaimed in the silence and darkness of the prison … to be in the presence of Jesus the “living Gospel” spoken by the prisoners with all strength of soul; to hear the priestly prayer and the passion of Christ …

The non-Christians also listened with respect and admiration to what they called the “Sacred Word”. Many said they felt the Word of God to be “spirit and life”.

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

When we experience trials and adversities, pain and suffering, do we take courage in the Lord?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

Lord Jesus,

you are our Savior.

You are victorious over the unbelieving world

and in your decisive victory on the cross

our own victory over sin and death is assured.

Be with us in the midst of trials and difficulties.

We take courage in you.

Even in adversities,

we rest in your peace and feel secure.

Give us the grace to offer to a troubled world

the peace and strength that spring forth

from your victorious cross.

Help us to challenge the desperate and the hopeless

with your words: “Take courage. I have conquered the world.”

We commit ourselves to you

and resolve to serve you as our only Lord,

now and forever.

Amen. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“Take courage. I have conquered the world.” (cf. Jn 16:33)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Pray for the victims of the ever-increasing cases of murder-suicide in today’s society. Resolve to share the Good News with a people that, in this secularized world, tend to live without faith and hope.

 

 

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May 22, 2012: TUESDAY – EASTER WEEKDAY (7) or SAINT RITA OF CASCIA, religious

“EASTER: A Time to Pray Father, Glorify Your Son

 

BIBLE READINGS

Acts 20:17-27 // Jn 17:1-11a

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

 

The Priestly Prayer of Jesus (Jn 17) is an important element of our daily Eucharistic adoration as Pious Disciples of the Divine Master. Because of its importance, I wanted to memorize the prayer, but never succeeded. In 2005, however, during a monthly retreat, the Belgian missionary Fr. Luke presented the main structure of the Priestly Prayer: Jesus’ prayer for his glorification, his prayer for the disciples-apostles, and his prayer for the Church of all time. With this structure to guide me, I was finally able to memorize the Priestly Prayer of Jesus!

 

Today’s Gospel passage contains Jesus’ prayer for his glorification. The “hour” of his “passing over” to the Father has come. As a priest, he makes the offering; as a victim, he is offered in sacrifice. The cross is the vehicle of his “exaltation” and the font of benediction for people he came to save. The total gift of his very life on the cross is the true sacrifice; it is also the new priesthood that excels all others. Exalted on the cross, Jesus Priest-Victim radically reveals the nature of God as self-giving and life-giving Love.

 

The following account of Archbishop Van Thuan illustrates how the love of Christ, exalted on the cross, can change hearts and triumph over evil and adversities (cf. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, Testimony of Hope, Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 2000, p. 72-74).

 

In the beginning, the guards did not talk to me. They only answered me with yes or no. I was terribly sad. I wanted to be kind and polite with them, but it was impossible. They avoided speaking with me. One night a thought came to me: “Francis, you are still very rich. You have the love of Christ in your heart; love them as Jesus has loved you.”

 

The next day I started to love them even more, to love Jesus in them, smiling and exchanging kind words with them. I began to tell stories of my trips abroad, of how people live in America, in Canada, in Japan, in the Philippines … about economics, about freedom, about technology. This stimulated their curiosity and they began asking me many questions. Little by little we became friends. They wanted to learn foreign languages, French, English … And my guards became my students!

 

On another occasion, on the mountain of Vinh Phu and in the prison of Vinh Quang, I had to cut wood on a rainy day. I spoke to the guard. “Can I ask you a favor?” “Tell me. I’ll help you.” “I would like to cut a piece of wood in the shape of a cross.” “Don’t you know it’s severely forbidden to have any religious signs whatsoever?” “I know”, I answered, “but we are friends, and I promise to keep it hidden.” “It will be really dangerous for us.” “Close your eyes. I’ll do it now and I’ll be really careful.”

 

He went away and left me alone. I cut the cross and kept it hidden in a piece of soap – up until the time of my release. This piece of wood, later placed within a metal frame, became my pectoral cross. (…) It is love that prepares the way for the announcement of the Gospel. Omnia vincit amor. “Love conquers everything!”

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

What is the personal implication of the truth that God glorifies his Son Jesus on the cross?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

O loving Jesus,

on the night of Passover you prayed to the Father,

“Father, the hour has come.

Give glory to your Son so that your Son may glorify you.”

You so totally committed yourself to the divine will

that the almighty Father exalted you on the cross

as Priest and Victim of sacrifice.

Grant that in the sacrificial aspects of our daily life,

we may be sanctified and glorified.

United with you,

let us continue to reveal in today’s world

the depths of the Father’s love.

You live and reign, forever and ever.

Amen. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your Son so that your Son may glorify you.” (cf. Jn 17:1)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Unite consciously and lovingly the sacrifices and difficulties you experience in daily life with Jesus glorified on the cross. Allow them to be transformed into a significant part of the divine plan of salvation.

 

 

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May 23, 2012: WEDNESDAY – EASTER WEEKDAY (7)

“EASTER: A Time to Pray Father, Consecrate Them in the Truth

 

BIBLE READINGS

Acts 20:28-38 // Jn 17:11b-19

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

 

Jesus’ perfect love for the disciples and his deep concern for their fate after his departure are contained in the Priestly Prayer. He prays the Father to take care of his disciples that they may be delivered from the evil one. The evil one is real and will tempt them to lose their faith in Jesus when faced with trials and persecutions. Hence, they will need the divine protection in a special way. Jesus thus asks the Father to consecrate the disciples in the “truth”. By the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be confirmed in their faith. They will put their trust in the word of God given to them by Jesus and imitate his sacrificial and healing love on the cross. Consecrated and strengthened, the disciples will be able to continue through time and space the saving mission of Jesus.

 

The following article, written by Amy Goodman and circulated on the Internet, gives us insight into the life of one who is “consecrated in the truth”.

The body bag marked “Victim 0001” on Sept. 11, 2001, contained the corpse of Father Mychal Judge, a Catholic chaplain with the Fire Department of New York. When he heard about the disaster at the World Trade Center, he donned his Catholic collar and firefighter garb and raced downtown. He saw people jump to their deaths to avoid the inferno more than 1,000 feet above. At 9:59 a.m., the South Tower collapsed, and the force and debris from that mass of steel, concrete, glass and humanity as it hit the ground is likely what killed Father Mychal. His was the first recorded death from the attacks that morning. His life’s work should be central to the 10th anniversary commemorations of the Sept. 11 attacks: peace, tolerance and reconciliation.

One of the first vigils held this year was in honor of Father Mychal. About 300 people gathered Sunday in front of the St. Francis Church where Judge lived and worked, just down the block from the Ladder 24/Engine 1 Firehouse. The march followed Father Mychal’s final path to Ground Zero. The man behind the annual remembrance is Steven McDonald, the former New York police detective who was shot in 1986. He was questioning 15-year-old Shavod Jones in Central Park. Jones shot McDonald, leaving him paralyzed for life.

I caught up with McDonald as he led the procession, rolling down Seventh Avenue in his wheelchair. He talked about what Father Mychal meant to him: “He, more than anything ... reaffirmed my faith in God, and that it was important to me to forgive the boy who shot me. And I’m alive today because of that.” Father Mychal had managed to get Jones on the phone with McDonald and his wife. He apologized from prison. Taking the lessons of reconciliation, McDonald joined Judge in a trip to Northern Ireland, where they worked together to try to help end the violence there.

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

What is the implication for you of Christ’s prayer, “Father, consecrate them in the truth”?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO 

 

O loving Jesus,

you prayed to the Father

to guard us from the evil one.

You begged him to consecrate us in the truth.

We believe in the power of your prayer.

We trust in the love that triumphs over all.

In the hour of trial,

we cling to your life-giving word.

In adversities and persecution,

we find strength in divine protection.

Help us to live fully

our consecration and mission in today’s world.

Glory and praise be yours,

now and forever.

Amen. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“Keep them in your name … Consecrate them in the truth.” (cf. Jn 17:11, 17)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

When faced with trials and difficulties, be strengthened by Christ’s prayer of intercession for all his disciples.

 

 

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 May 24, 2012: THURSDAY – EASTER WEEKDAY (7)

“EASTER: A Time to Pray Father, May They All Be One

 

BIBLE READINGS

Acts 22:30;23:6-11 // Jn 17:20-26

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

 

After praying for his first disciples, Jesus’ Priestly Prayer now focuses on future disciples – on the Church of all time. He prays to the Father for Christian unity: “May they all be one.” It is a unity based on the shared life and love of the Father and the Son. Without Christian unity, the Church is unable to carry out its mission in the world efficaciously. When there is clearer evidence of unity, the world is more disposed to believe. Indeed, the only Gospel some people will read is the way Jesus’ followers live. There are many divisions then and today, but the unity that Jesus wills us to have surpasses all barriers and fragmentation and brings about healing and grace. By virtue of this unity, the pilgrim Church can live the mission entrusted to her so that the world may believe in the Son and in the Father who sent him.

 

Our Lord Jesus greatly desires Christian unity. Hence, we too must work toward the attainment of this goal. The spirit of mutual respect and charity can lead us toward the path of unity. My personal experience illustrates this.

 

Gisbert was almost 12 years old when I left home and entered the convent in 1970. I had very little contact with him since then. In 1981 I was assigned abroad. When I returned to the Philippines in 1990, he had married Veron, a “Born Again Christian”. Gisbert had also become a “Born Again”. It was understandable that we would have fiery discussions on some elements of Catholic faith that he contested. One day we went on an excursion. While Gisbert and I were relaxing under the cool shade of a mango tree, we finally had a cordial and mature faith sharing. He listened attentively when I explained to him about the role of saints as models of those who have participated fully in Christ’s paschal mystery of passion, death and resurrection. From that day on, we focused on what unites us in our Christian faith, that is, the Word of God that is purifying and life-giving. Eventually Gisbert, with his wife and children, immigrated to Canada. When Gisbert was diagnosed with cancer in September 2008, I would call almost every day from the States to strengthen him. By phone I would cite a Bible passage and pray over him. I had the grace to be with him during his last days at the Palliative Care Unit in Brampton Hospital in Toronto. He passed away on May 20, 2009. When he breathed his last, he was enveloped with prayers and the Word of God both from me – a Catholic nun – and the pastor of their community. His death became a beautiful ecumenical event for us all.

 

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

Do we contribute to the realization of the prayer and great longing of Jesus, “Father, may they all be one”?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

Jesus Lord,

you prayed for Christian unity

and you laid down your life on the cross

so that we may all be gathered to yourself.

Help us to overcome our divisions and fragmentation.

Make us whole

and let us be united in your love.

By the way we live and relate with each other,

help us to mirror the love of the Father and the Son

in the Spirit.

Save us from the hour of trial

and deliver us from evil.

You are our Savior whom we love and adore,

now and forever.

Amen. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“I pray …that they may all be one.” (Jn 17:20-21)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Endeavor to counteract hostility and enmity in today’s society. Be a promoter of Christian unity and compassionate acts of charity in our confused and divided world.

 

 

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 May 25, 2012: FRIDAY – EASTER WEEKDAY (6) or SAINT BEDE THE VENERABLE, priest, doctor of the Church, or SAINT GREGORY VII, pope, or SAINT MAGDALENE DE’ PAZZI, virgin

“EASTER: A Time to Tend the Flock”

 

BIBLE READINGS

Acts 25:13b-21 // Jn 21:15-19

 

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

 

Today’s Gospel depicts a lovable portrait of Peter as a reconciled disciple and as a Christ-designated community shepherd. By the lake of the Sea of Tiberias where he initially received Jesus’ call: “Come, follow me; I will make you a fisher of men”, Peter is given a chance to redeem himself. The Risen Lord evokes a threefold protestation of love from him to nullify his threefold betrayal at the “hour” of trial. Peter’s weakness and failure, having made him more compassionate and humble, could now be positively integrated into his total destiny as Christ’s follower and in his apostolic mission as Church shepherd. The Risen Lord, who has sought his love and forgiven him, asks him in a threefold manner and with greater intensity to take care of the sheep. Bereft of braggadocio and trusting no longer in himself but in the grace of God, Peter will be able to follow Jesus Christ all the way – even to the point of laying down his life for the sheep.

 

The following account by Archbishop Van Thuan illustrates what true pastoral ministry means today (cf. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, Testimony of Hope, Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 2000, p. 56-57)

 

When under house arrest in the village of Cay Vong, I was under police surveillance day and night, and this thought became obsessive: “My people! My people that I love so much: a flock without a shepherd! How can I contact my people at a time when they have most need of their pastor? The Catholic bookstores have been confiscated, the schools closed, the religious dispersed. Some have gone to work in the rice camps and others find themselves in the ‘region of new economy’ in the midst of the general population, in the villages. This separation is a shock that destroys my heart.”

 

I told myself, “I will not wait. I want to live in the present moment, filling it with love, but how?” One night a light came to me: “Francis, it is very simple. Do as St. Paul did when he was in prison. Write letters to the different communities.”

 

The following morning while it was still dark, I signaled to Quang, a seven-year old who returned from Mass at 5:00 A.M. I said to him: “Tell your mother to buy old calendars for me.” That night, once more in the dark, Quang brought me the calendars. Every single day in October and November of 1975, I wrote messages to my people from prison. Each morning Quang came to take the papers and bring them home so that his brothers and sisters could recopy the messages. That is how the book, The Road of Hope, came to be written and has since been published in eleven languages.

 

When I was finally released from prison in 1989, I received a letter from Mother Teresa. It contained these words: “It is not the number of our works that are important, but the intensity of the love that we put into every action.”

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

Are we willing to follow Christ’s commission to Peter, the Church and to each disciple: “Feed my lambs … Tend my sheep … Feed my sheep”?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

Jesus Lord,

when you rose from the dead

and appeared to Peter by the Sea of Tiberias,

you commissioned him to care for your flock

and to nourish your sheep.

We fully embrace the pastoral task

you have given to Peter,

and through him, to the whole Church.

Give us the grace

to care lovingly and tenderly for your flock

even to the point of self-sacrifice.

Make us faithful and creative

in our pastoral ministry today.

We love you and give you thanks

for you are our Good Shepherd,

now and forever.

Amen. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

            The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the week. Please memorize it.

 

“Feed my lambs … Tend my sheep.” (Jn 21:15-16)

 

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

 

Pray for the Pope, bishops, priests, deacons, etc. who are directly involved in Church pastoral ministry. Do whatever possible to give pastoral care for the people in your midst who are in need.

 

 

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May 26, 2012: SATURDAY – SAINT PHILIP NERI, priest

“EASTER: A Time to Proclaim the Word of Life”

 

BIBLE READINGS

Acts 28:16-20,30-31 // Jn 21:20-25

 

I. BIBLICO-LITURGICAL REFLECTIONS: A Pastoral Tool for the LECTIO

 

Peter and John, the Beloved Disciple of Jesus, are the embodiment of two aspects of Church ministry. Peter embodies the pastoral ministry in response to the Risen Lord’s commission: “Feed my lambs … Tend my sheep.”  The Beloved Disciple embodies the ministry of the proclamation of the Word and asserts: “This is what we proclaim to you; what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have looked upon and our hands have touched – we speak of the word of life” (I Jn 1:1). As the Son of God can reveal the Father, since he is at the bosom of the Father, so the Beloved Disciple can reveal the Son since he rested at the Son’s bosom on the night of the Last Supper. The special mission of John is to give witness to the Word of God made flesh. The evangelist wrote his eyewitness accounts that those who read them may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through faith in him they may have life. The Gospel according to John is meant to lead people to a deeper faith in Christ.

 

The pastoral tool, “LECTIO DIVINA on the Internet” that the PDDM Sisters put online on their website: www.pddm.us  is in line with the Beloved Disciple’s purpose in writing down the Gospel: to help faithful delve into the mystery of Christ and that they may share in his gift of eternal life. One afternoon, I received a call from a parishioner in Bronx, New York to give thanks for this pastoral tool that is used in their weekly Lectio Divina encounter. A reader from Taiwan commented: “You are bringing healing to thousands of people out there by breaking the bread of life for them.” Moreover, our Lectio Divina visitors acknowledge: “This is indeed a great contribution for evangelization!”

 

 

II. POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART: A Pastoral Tool for the MEDITATIO

 

Do we value the Gospel accounts written to deepen our faith and help us share in Christ’s gift of eternal life?

 

 

III. PRAYING WITH THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the ORATIO

 

O Risen Lord,

we thank you for the various ministries in the Church.

We thank you for Peter

who exemplifies the pastoral ministry.

We thank you for the Beloved Disciple John

who exemplifies the ministry of the Word.

Grant us the grace

of truly savoring the rich fare of the Gospel.

Help us to translate into life your life-giving word.

Teach us how to be efficacious

in the work of evangelization in today’s world.

As an Easter people,

make us limpid witnesses of your gift of eternal life.

We love you, Jesus Savior.

We give you praise and commit ourselves to serve you,

now and forever.

Amen. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

IV. INTERIORIZATION OF THE WORD: A Pastoral Tool for the CONTEMPLATIO

 

The following is the bread of the living Word that will nourish us throughout the day. Please memorize it.

 

“It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them.” (Jn 21:24)

 

 

V. TOWARDS LIFE TRANSFORMATION: A Pastoral Tool for the ACTIO

Make an effort to read and study the Gospel according to John. By your acts of charity and kindness to the people around you, enable them to experience the beauty and power of God’s life-giving word.

 

 

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang  PDDM

 

 

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