Encountering God in Scripture: lectio divina on Luke 7: 31-35

Read Luke 7: 31-35:

‘What picture can I use’, Jesus continued, ‘for the people of this generation? What are they like? They’re like children sitting in the square and calling this old riddle to each other:

We piped for you and you didn’t dance;

we wailed for you and you didn’t cry!

‘When John the Baptist came, he didn’t eat bread or drink wine, and you say, “He’s got a demon!” When the son of man came, eating and drinking, you say, “Look! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” And wisdom is justified by all her children.’

(Tom Wright, The New Testament for Everyone)



Now read it again, slowly (lectio). Ask God to highlight a word or phrase for you to concentrate on.

Stay with your word or phrase (meditatio). You may wish to repeat it silently to yourself. Allow the word to speak to you. You may find the word arouses different emotions in you; let them come. Stay in silence with your word or phrase for a few minutes.

Now, as you feel able, respond to God from what you have experienced (oratio). You may want to express yourself in words; you may want to write or draw something in response; you may want to move or dance to express what you are feeling; you may want to just allow your emotions to express something to God.

Finally, allow yourself to rest in the presence of your Holy, Loving Creator (contemplatio). Stay in silence with whatever you have experienced. Allow God’s love for you to hold you.