Lectio Divina, literally meaning “divine reading,” is an ancient practice of praying the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to the text of the Bible with the “ear of the heart,” as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one’s relationship with God. Typical questions are: What gift does this passage lead me to ask from the Lord? or, What does this passage call me to do?
Read the passage aloud as a couple, then take some extended silence for each of you to savor what you have heard, particularly noting whether any word or phrase became a special focus of attention. Then share with each other what God has shown you in the passage.