Lectio Divina: Bring Him all the praise you know

by Callie Nowlin

North Texas Catholic

6/12/2017

This year, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi is June 18. 

Editor’s Note: In our overly busy lives it’s often difficult to find quiet time to break open the Word of God and sit at the feet of the Master (as Mary did with Jesus). Oftentimes, we are so occupied we become like Martha, “worried and upset about many things,” while in reality there is need of “only one thing,” — that which Mary chose: the “better part,” the gift of faith. (Luke 10:39-42)

As such, we introduce Callie Nowlin, MTS, a convert turned Latin teacher, catechist, and blogger with a passion for Scripture and helping others on their journey toward Christ. She will help us walk with Scripture throughout the year. Every month she will help us break down a different Scripture passage.

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ


Steps to Lectio Divina

Start by using these steps to reflect on the Scripture verse. Then read my meditation slowly.

Lectio: Having asked for the grace to hear God's word, read the passage twice.

Meditatio: During the second reading, pause whenever so moved and reflect on a word, a sentence, or an image that strikes you.

Oratio: Speak directly to God, and open your reflection to Him.

Contemplatio: Listen contemplatively for any response God might choose to make. Remember that God responds to us at times with loving silence.

 

The Scripture

From the Gospel for June 18, 2017, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. (John 6:51-58)

Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world."

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever."
 

Reflection

In the Gospel, Jesus declares himself the living bread. And from this statement of fact, we are invited to respond in three distinct ways: to believe something that on the surface is illogical, to enter more deeply into mystery, and to actually worship God as fully present in the Eucharist.

 

The Eucharist is a central mystery of our faith, in fact it is the source and the summit.  And yet on the surface, the mystery of transubstantiation challenges reason. Belief in the real presence is first and foremost an act of faith. And today we are reminded not to take this act of faith lightly, or without thought.

 

Entering anew into mystery means considering the Real Presence not so much as a doctrine to be taught, but more as an invitation to fall down in worship before a loving and ever-present God.

 

As such, I urge you today to join me in worshipping our true God and King. Hear His word. Hear His call upon your heart. Let it bear fruit. Let us now worship the living God, present in the Eucharist, with our voices, our hearts, and especially our lives.

 

Laud, O Zion, your salvation,
Laud with hymns of exultation,
Christ, your king and shepherd true:

Bring Him all the praise you know,

He is more than you bestow

Never can you reach his due.

(Sequence - Lauda Sion, Lectionary 167)

Callie Nowlin, MTS, a convert turned Latin teacher, catechist, and blogger helps us meditate on the Gospel reading from the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

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