Lectio Divina for The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Read the following Scripture two or three times:
Matthew 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37
Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall
not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to yo u whoever is angry with brother will
be liable to judgment.
“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you, everyone who looks at
a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
“Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestor, Do not take a false oath, but make
good to the Lord all that you vow. But I say to you, do not swear at all. Let your ‘Yes’ mrean
‘Yes,” and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.”
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?
“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors…” How have my relative and friends taught me about
the faith? How can I learn from the examples of the holy ones who have gone before me?
“Whoever is angry with brother will be liable to judgement.” How do I treat those closest to me?
How can I grow in patience and in love for my brothers and sisters?
“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes. and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Am I a person of my word? Do my actions back up what I profess to believe?
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?
Research volunteer opportunities in your parish, diocese, or community and put your talents to work
for the common good.