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.'"
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