Day 1, January 7th
Epiphany of Our Lord
Lectio Divina is a meditative reading of scripture that opens the text to hear how God is speaking to us through God’s Holy Word.
Please click on the audio link below to be led through today’s Lectio Divina based on the Gospel reading from Matthew 2: 1,2 and 9 -12.
Matthew 2: 1, 2 and 9 -12
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked,”Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
After Listening to the Prayer
Please take a few moments now and reflect on how this experience has impacted you, below there is a list of reflection questions for you to consider. You are invited to then provide written comments in the Comment section below the Reflection Questions about your experience. Please feel free to share with the group whatever seems relevant to you.
In order to make this a rich aspect of the Challenge, please be sure to log in and leave a comment, even if it is just a brief one. You are also encouraged to provide positive, reinforcing feedback on each other’s comments. We look forward to learning from each other and lifting each other up as we work to enhance our spiritual lives with this intentional time of prayer and reflection.
How do you feel about the prayer experience today? How did it open your heart to God?
What is God calling you to do today or this week?
Did you find anything particularly challenging about the experience?