Lectio Divina for the Third Sunday Of Advent
Read the following Scripture two or three times:
When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with
this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you gout to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing?
Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces. Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you. Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there
has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
After the reading, take some time to reflect in silence on or more of the following questions:
– What word or words in this passage caught your attention?
– What in this passage comforted you?
– What in this passage challenged you?
Read the Scripture again, followed by this reflection:
What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord asking of me?
“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” What people, events, or things distract
me from God? How can I be more aware of God’s presence?
Go and tell John what you hear and see. How have I shared my faith with those I meet? How do my words
and actions proclaim the good news?
He will prepare your way before you. How can I help to prepare the Lord’s way? How can I make my heart ready to receive the Lord
After a period of silent reflection recite the Lord’s Prayer.
Living the Word This Week
How can I make my life a gift for others in charity?
In this season of giving, donate your time, treasure, or talent to those in need.