What we have seen and touched: Lectio divina and the homily

Brendan Clifford OP

Prayerful, meditative reading of the Scriptures helps preachers to recognise where God is at work in their own lives, and in the lives of the people to whom they preach. A homily that enables people to glimpse the presence and action of God in their ordinary lives, lifts up their hearts and moves them to give thanks and praise in the celebration of the Eucharist.?Brendan Clifford OP teaches Lectio divina in the Dominican Biblical Institute in Limerick, Ireland.

Can you remember a time when you were down and someone helped you up? You may recall a time in your childhood when you fell and cut your knees; if your mother saw you or heard you crying she may have come to you and picked you up. When she comforted you, washed the dust from your knees and dressed your wounds, you recovered from the shock. Then you were up and going again and ready to give her a helping hand to show your appreciation.

You may think of a time when you were ?down? in another sense of the word. You may have been ill or going through a hard time in your personal life or in your work; you may have lost someone close to you. You may also remember that during that time some good person saw what you were going through, stood by you and gave you encouragement.

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