Hearing the Word

Reading the Word slowly and reflectively within the context of its scripture passage provides the setting and background for lectio. This context provides the ways and means for us to plant the seeds of the Word.

"He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.' Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, 'Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.'" (1)


Within her sacred space He stands;
She settles at His feet to hear.
He holds the Truth with open hands;
She listens as His Word draws near.

He speaks each word with gentle tone:
Slowly, clearly, with frequent pause.
Each word He speaks becomes her own --
To hold His Word is her sole cause.

Though distraction may turn her head,
And weakness may draw her away;
She turns back to His feet instead --
She treasures all He has to say.

His Word is truth and love and light:
It makes the broken-hearted whole;
It opens ears and restores sight;
It frees the heart and lifts the soul.

The one who hears will be fulfilled;
His Word enters the soul that's stilled.

May the Word Himself teach us to listen and treasure each of the words He speaks to us in Holy Scripture.

1. Luke 4:16-21

(c) Paul Buis, 2004