Even when we are alone, we are connected to one another through the spirit. As a way of engaging that connection, especially while our Pastor, Steve Hyde, is away on his sabbatical, we are practicing lectio divina, a style of guided meditation and response to a passage of scripture.
Read the text – what does the text say?
Matthew 5:1-12 – New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 When Jesus[a] saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely[b] on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Read the text again: what does it say to me?
What do I want to say to God about the text? What is my prayer?
What difference will the text make in my life? What is my response?
Benediction: Lord Jesus Christ, You are the Light of the world; fill
my mind with Your peace and my heart with Your love.