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One of the most common ways we use scripture in the Episcopal church is through praying it. Nearly all of the prayers in our Book of Common Prayer are based in scripture. In addition, we practice a form of prayer called Lectio Divina, or "divine reading."
You are invited to try it out this week, using Sunday's Gospel reading, following the steps below. You may want to do it with a friend, mentor, or family member.
Read the following passage out loud once through and observe a minute of silence.
Read it a second time, again out loud. Reflect: What word or phrase stuck out to me? Write it down or share with the group if doing it together.
Read the passage a final time out loud. Consider: What might this passage be calling me or us to be or do? Who else is rising to the surface of my prayers?
You might want to spend some extra time in silence, journaling, or praying as part off your reflection..
Close with the Lord's Prayer
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
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