Intro to Lectio Divina (Matthew 5:13-17)

Today in our meeting for worship we used the ancient contemplative practice of Lectio Divina to engage Jesus’ words on salt, light, and law. We had a meaningful time of listening and sharing as a congregation. The audio below is the “introduction” to our time together.

Matthew 5:13-17 (NRSV):
13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

Queries (used to guide our practice of Lectio Divina):
What word or phrase in this text strikes you or calls to you? As you sit with this word/phrase, what are you feeling, physically and/or emotionally? What are you seeing/imagining? How are you feeling led by this word/phrase? How are you feeling challenged? What are you discovering? What’s next?