Last Sunday, John 1: 29-34 was read again. There is John the Baptist speaking about Jesus: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." The Lectio Divina process asks us to pick out one word or phrase that resonates with us. Well, for me it is the word "behold".
Take a minute and sit with this word.
It also speaks of tender care, attentiveness, protection. That's why I picked this picture: These hands hold soil and the young plant, new life. What would it be like if you could hold God's Word like this? Behold God's Word? Cradle God's Word?
Beholding happens with all our faculties: Sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste. Behold the Word of God:
See the Word
Hear the Word
Smell the Word
Touch the Word
Taste the Word
Let's add it to the four Lectio Divina steps:
Reading - Behold as you read the Word
Meditatio - Behold as you ponder the Word
Oratio - Behold as you pray the Word
Contemplatio - Behold as you sit with the Word