Danny Steis leads an example of lector devina, an old form of meditation on scripture. There are 3 readings of a text. During the first reading, one simply listens to the text as you would to a narrative. Second, one listens again, focusing on a word or phrase that stands out to you. For the third reading, listen again focusing on how God wants you to respond to what you hear. There are long periods of silent reflection as part of this experience. Guest readers for the second and third reading are two children (Ella Grace and Marley) and a member of our class for adults with special needs (Charles.)
The text read is presented here:
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.