Lectio Divina for The Nativity Of The Lord
Read the following Scripture two or three times:
John 1:1-5, 9-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, He was in the
beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in
the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming
into the world. He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know
him. He came to what was his won, but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his
name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the
Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
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?
The light shines in the darkness/ and the darkness has not overcome it. What steps can I take to overcome
sin and evil in my life? How can I share the light and warmth of God’s love and truth?
He was in the world,/ and the world came to be through him. How do I experience the presence of God
through creation? What life changes can I make to better protect our common home?
And the Word became flesh/ and made his dwelling among us. How can I grow in love of God’s holy Word?
How can I grow in love and closeness to 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?
Make a resolution to pray with Scripture every week.