Lectio divina

In lectio divina, our reading of the Bible introduces us into the evangelically fruitful tension that accompanies conversion. Lectio leads the reader-listener to consider his or her own life in the light of God’s will, revealed in Scripture, so that he or she can live according to the will of God. Our reading of the Bible is reflected in our life not primarily in the sense that our lectio divina leads us to choose certain actions over others, but because it illuminates and keeps burning in us the light that alone is capable of transforming all of our actions into testimony and evangelization: “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16). Scripture asks that we put into practice what we have read if we truly want to understand it, and it is in a community enviroment, together with others, that we are asked to do this. “Many things in holy Scripture that I wasn’t able to understand by myself, I understood by placing myself in front of my brothers (...). I realized that understanding had been granted to me through them” (St. Gregory the Great). This is how the transition from Scripture to life, from text to testimony, takes place: Scripture, being inspired, also inspires and seeks to light the fire of the Spirit in the believer’s heart (cf. Luke 24:32) so that the Spirit can reveal his force in him or her.