Lectio Divina | Luke 1:26–45

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READ:

Read or listen to Luke 1:26–45.

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.”

Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” 

The angel replied to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabeth—even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.”

“See, I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it happen to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and your child will be blessed! How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!”


The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.

FOCUS:

Lectio Divina is the spiritual discipline of attentively and contemplatively reading the word of God. There are five main movements in the discipline. Each Thursday we will use this method to help us hear from God through the Scripture passage for the upcoming Sunday.

Opening Prayer: I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. Psalm 119:15–16

Read or listen to Luke 1:26–45 slowly and listen for a word or phrase that the Lord is bringing to your attention. Write the word or phrase in your journal.

Reread or listen to Luke 1:26–45 again and focus on the word or phrase that was brought to your attention. Write why it stood out to you in your journal.

Reread or listen to Luke 1:26–45 a final time with the aim of exploring what God is calling you to do in response. Write it in your journal.

Pray the passage over your day.

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Week 3 of 5 Witness

Lectio Divina + Art

After walking through the passage using Lectio Divina, take a few moments to observe this character-centered artwork. How does the art enrich your understanding of the story?

Luke 22:27

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