LECTIO DIVINA for Trinity Sunday
I begin my prayer by making a very slow,
thoughtful sign of the cross.
✠ In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Perhaps this is a gesture I often make without really thinking …
but today I take time to ponder each person of the Trinity.
May I slowly read through the Gospel below a number of times,
savouring the words,
and noticing where I find myself drawn.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I still have many things to say to you
but they would be too much for you now.
But when the Spirit of truth comes
he will lead you to the complete truth,
since he will not be speaking as from himself but will say only what he has learnt; and he will tell you of the things to come.
He will glorify me,
since all he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.
Everything the Father has is mine;
that is why I said: All he tells you
will be taken from what is mine.’ John 16:12-15
I take my time,
revisiting the words or phrases that particularly speak to me.
I may want to imagine myself now,
standing alongside the disciples, looking on
and listening as Jesus speaks these words to me.
Perhaps at first I find his words too much to comprehend fully.
Then Jesus speaks directly to me,
reminding me that I share, with him,
the knowledge of what is to happen in the days and weeks ahead ...
the horror of his death on the cross,
and the glory of his resurrection and ascension into heaven.
How do I feel now as I ponder the truth brought by the Spirit,
glorifying Jesus and the Father?
As I begin to draw my prayer to a close,
I ask myself,
"How do my beliefs influence the way I am living my life now?"
Do my actions always bear witness to the love I have received?
Do others see the love of God through me?
In faith and humility, I ask for the graces and blessings I need,
that my life and faith may speak of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.