Friday, 20 November 2015

Chew the Word

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.174)
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 19:45-48
Jesus went into the Temple and began driving out those who were selling. ‘According to scripture,’ he said ‘my house will be a house of prayer. But you have turned it into a robbers’ den.’

He taught in the Temple every day. The chief priests and the scribes, with the support of the leading citizens, tried to do away with him, but they did not see how they could carry this out because the people as a whole hung on his words.

The people ‘hung on his words’. V48

A few years ago I was on a silent directed retreat on a farm that included cows. My spiritual director invited me to reflect on a short passage from scripture. Like the cows surrounding us, I was invited to ‘chew’ over the words like the cows chew the grass, regurgitate, and then chew again.

In this way I was able to reflect for two days on just one small text and was able to receive nourishment from the word of God.

Jesus invites each one of us to be nourished by his word. There is a lot of ‘junk food’ that is available that will not truly satisfy our deepest needs (e.g. shallow religious commentary in the media).

In the scriptures we find nourishment and strength because we encounter not a human word, but what it really is, the word of God.

Let us begin each day praying and reflecting on scripture, and discover how this helps us to live the Kingdom in our lives.

Malcolm Davies
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.

RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

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