"Lectio divina is an authentic source of Christian spirituality recommended by our Rule. We therefore practice it every day, so that we may develop a deep and genuine love for it, and so that we may grow in the surpassing knowledge of Christ. In this way we shall put into practice the Apostle Paul’s commandment, which is mentioned in our Rule: “Let the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, live abundantly in your mouth and in your hearts; and whatever you must do, do it in the name of the Lord.”
Carmelite Constitutions (No. 82)
Lectio Divina: Matthew 9:27-31
Friday, December 7, 2018
1st Week of Advent
1) Opening prayer
Lord God, Father of all, in Your Son Jesus Christ You invite everyone and all to know and love You and to live in Your unending peace. Keep alive in us the zeal to bring the light of Your truth and the riches of Your life and love to all, without any distinction of race, language or culture. May everyone on earth come to know You as the merciful Father of all through our brother and Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.
2) Gospel Reading - Matthew 9:27-31
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, "Son of David, have pity on us!" When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, "Let it be done for you according to your faith." And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this." But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.
Once again, today’s Gospel places before us the encounter of Jesus with human misery. Jesus does not withdraw. He does not hide. He accepts others and in accepting them, full of tenderness, He reveals God’s love. • Two blind men follow Jesus and cry out to Him, “Son of David, have pity on us!”. Jesus did not much like the title of Son of David. He criticizes the teaching of the scribes who said that the Messiah should be the Son of David: “David himself calls Him Lord: How then can He be his son?” (Mk 12:37). • Reaching home, Jesus asks the blind men, “Do you believe that I can do this?” And they answer: “Yes, Lord!” It is one thing to have true doctrine in the head, and a very different thing to have correct faith in the heart. The doctrine of the two blind men was not too right, because they called Jesus Son of David. But Jesus does not care to be called this. What is important to Him is to have a correct faith. • He touches the eyes and says, “May it be done to you according to your faith!” Immediately the eyes were opened. Although they did not possess correct doctrine, the two blind men had correct faith. Today many people are more concerned about correct doctrine than about correct faith. • It is good not to forget a small detail of hospitality. Jesus reaches the house and the two blind men also enter the house, as if this was the most natural thing in the world. They feel at ease in Jesus’ house. And how about today? A religious Sister said, “Today the situation of the world is such that I feel mistrustful even toward the poor!” The situation has changed very much from then to now! • Jesus asks them not to speak about the miracle. But the prohibition was not respected very much. Both of them went out and spread the Good News. To proclaim the Gospel, that is, the Good News, means to share with others the good which God does in our life.
4) Personal questions
• Do I have in my life some Good News from God to share with others? • On which point do I insist more: on correct doctrine or on correct faith?
• How is it possible to separate doctrine and faith in practice?
5) Concluding Prayer
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life's refuge; of whom should I be afraid? (Ps 27)
As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven.
All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."