Lectio Divina Readings for February 2023
February 2, 2023
Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors!
That the Compassionate One may come in! Who is this Compassionate One?
The Beloved, Heart of your heart, Life of your life, this is the Compassionate One!
Psalm 24, Psalms for Praying, Nan Merrill
February 9, 2023
Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.
1 Peter 3: 13-16a
February 16, 2023
Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, and asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
Mark 3: 31-35
February 23, 2023
“Am I then really that which other men tell of? Or, am I only what I myself know of myself?
Restless and longing and sick, like a bird in a cage,
Struggling for breath, as though hands were compressing my throat,
Yearning for colors, for flowers, for the voices of birds, Thirsting for words of kindness, for neighborliness, Tossing in expectations of great events,
Powerlessly trembling for friends at an infinite distance,
Weary and empty at praying, at thinking, at making,
Faint, and ready to say farewell to it all. “Who am I? This or the Other?
Am I one person today and tomorrow another? Am I both at once? …
“Who am I? They mock me, these lonely questions of mine.
Whoever I am, Thou knowest, O God, I am thine!
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters & Papers from Prison
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