Today I will savor in my heart … consolation and kindness arrives unexpectedly.
“Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Them Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied “No one, sir.” The Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go [and] from now on do not sin any more.” – John 8:6b-11
Lectio Divina and Examen reflection
Find a quiet place for reflection. Breathe deeply, and in the stillness of your heart, invite God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus the Christ, or gentle, loving presence to be with you. This reflection is in five steps; slowly read and savor these words from the Gospel of John to move in a deepening flow of Lectio, Examen, Meditato, Oratio and Contemplatio. At each step, re-read the scripture prior to pondering the question in bold. Be willing to be surprised by the depth of this seemingly simple process.
Write a word, phrase, image or impression that catches your attention from this sacred reading.
What are two concerns in your life right now? (This helps to identify the focus of your conscious mind and to establish priorities.)
What are two joys or consolations in your life? (This reveals what is real and valuable in your life.)
Identify two areas where God may be asking you to grow, triumph or endure.
What is your response to God in light of the above?
Let the meaning of the words or image from the lectio sink into your mind and heart. What does it mean in relation to your life? What is God’s message to you?
What do you want to ask God for? What is your prayer for yourself in light of God’s message for you? Write your prayer and listen for God’s answer.
Rest in God’s presence. In what way, if any, do you experience that presence now? As you quietly open your soul to God, become aware of your feelings toward God. What is the Holy One guiding you to do or be?
Journal about any insights or feelings that arose within you.
Conclude by reading the scripture one last time, pause, and then from your heart offer a spontaneous prayer.
Tip: Seek moments of kindness, mercy, and consolation today. Be willing to receive kindness. Share kindness with others.
(This lectio process incorporating the examen sparked from a book by Dr. Corinne Ware, sometime in the 1990s.)