The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time [B]
Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 ― 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15 ― Mark 5:21-43
July 1, 2012
“For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.” [Wisdom 2:23]
In the fall after he was elected to the papacy, Pope Benedict spoke on the topic of the Word of God. In this context, he spoke about the practice of lectio divina, the Church’s practice of praying the Sacred Scriptures (not studying the Word of God, but praying the Word of God). Towards the end of his address, Pope Benedict insisted to those listening to him that: “If [the ancient tradition] of lectio divina is effectively promoted, I am convinced that it will bring to the church a new spiritual springtime.”
Lectio divina begins simply with choosing a brief passage of Scripture to pray over. But once you’ve chosen the passage of Scripture for your lectio divina, the next step is to listen. Listen to the Word of God. Listen, either by speaking it aloud and hearing your own voice, or by reading it silently and hearing the words in your mind. But in either case, even though it’s your voice that you hear, it’s God’s Word that you listen to.