Lectio Divina: Feast of the Holy Family A light to enlighten


In the midst of winter does the idea of springtime appeal to you? Pope Benedict XVI once said:  “I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart (cf. Dei Verbum, n.25) If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church – I am convinced of it – a new spiritual springtime.”  Why not give it a go to try to have an even more reflective New Year.

The octave of Christmas invites to join Simeon and Anna welcoming the Christ child into the temple of our hearts.

As we begin a new year we might make a resolution to spend some minutes each day reflecting on God’s presence, offering him an opportunity to speak to our hearts and fill us with his goodness.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings (Click for Daily Readings and Calendar or see link on sidebar of this page ) until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon. 


Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see. (Luke 2:29-31 )

  • When have you experienced God keeping his promises?
  • When have seen salvation at work?
  • How does it feel to call yourself a servant of God?
  • What does God desire that you see clearly today?


Anna was now eighty-four years old and never left the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. (Luke 2:36-37)

  • Think of an elderly person who has inspired you.
  • What is your favourite way of serving God?
  • What place does fasting play in your spiritual life?
  • How has God rewarded your faithfulness?

Sunday.  Feast of the Holy Family.

Abram put his faith in the Lord, who counted this as making him justified. (Genesis 15:6)

  • Think of times you have put your faith in God.
  • How has God blessed your faith in him?
  • Have there been times when you have struggled to put your faith in God?
  • What does God see in your life that He counts you as justified?

Monday. Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

He, the Lord, is our God. He remembers his covenant for ever. (Psalm 104:7.8)

  • What role does the community of faith play in your life?
  • How has Mary been a mother to you in your spiritual life?
  • Remind yourself of times that God shared his love to you in 2017.
  • What goodness does God have planned for you in 2018?


 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed the call to set our for a country that was the inheritance given to him and his descendants. (Hebrews 11:8)

  • When has your faith made you do something that you didn’t think was possible?
  • When has God led you to a far country, a place you didn’t expect?
  • What is your inheritance from God?
  • What promises does God hold for your family?


The parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (Luke 2:22)

  • Remember your parents and how they brought you to God.
  • Who else has brought you to God in your life?
  • Who have you brought to the Lord?
  • How has God consecrated you?


Prompted by the Holy Spirit Simeon came to the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him in his arms and blessed God. (Luke 2:27)

  • When have you experienced the prompting of the Holy Spirit?
  • Has the Holy Spirit led you to an encounter that changed you?
  • As you picture Simeon holding the Christ child, can you picture yourself doing the same? What would you say?
  • What blessing does God have for you today?

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