It’s very good for people in a ministry to get together, break bread, fellowship, pray and play—we did all those at our quarterly meeting (Acts 2:42). The first order of business was a warm welcome from Father Nathan. He explained as communicators to the Lord’s people, we are disciples in a church full of disciples. We were cautioned not to think “oh, well, I’m just reading a passage” but to be engaged as we read so as not to hinder the listeners. After all, those listening want to engage with the words we are speaking. Since being lectors is a “deep thing,” studying, practicing and prayer are necessary to be able to engage with everyone. Father went on to give us thanks for being in the ministry and finished with prayer.
Next, we heard one lector’s personal journey to being in the ministry and part of the liturgical experience who felt as if her whole life she had instruction and direction to that end. Today, she has far accepted the liturgy, loves hearing the Scriptures being read, and believes it is an important part of the mass. She has been in a few denominations
and went to Christian school with those of many beliefs, backgrounds and experiences. We were told of being touched toward the ministry by gospel music, days of reading scripture in school, and even hearing a secular individual give a eulogy. “You don’t know what you can say [as a lector] that will bless others.”
Our speaker spoke on an ancient method of studying and praying about scripture, Lectio Divina (divine reading). The 4-step method which actually includes a 5th step of action has endured through the ages and many find it valuable. It was practiced heavily by the Benedictines and Carmelite who developed methods to do this studying as an individual or in groups. This study/prayer which i
ncludes meditation on scripture has become more popular in the last 10-15 years. One must keep it simple, allow silence and listen with the heart. One must also hold your thoughts consistent with scripture and what we’re hearing from scripture and let go of our own understanding to hear what God is saying. This study requires an openness of spirit, reading the Word in a deep, unhurried way, and drawing one- self from concerns of the mind.
The group was led in a group exercise using Lectio Divina as a guide on Mark 12:38-44. Our speaker stated “internalizing and hearing what God is saying to us—it’s amazing!”
Playing a game followed and the meeting was closed.