(How do you say “lectio”? Since it’s Latin, I’ve been trying to say “leck-T-O”, but it often mushes together into the Americanized “lecksho”.)
Mark 1:14-15 Lectio: Jesus went. We are called to imitate Christ, so we, too, are to go. But Jesus didn’t go willy-nilly, he followed the Spirit’s leading. So where is the Spirit leading me? Where is Jesus already going, what is he already doing, among my friends at work?
++ Help me to have faith that you are already at work. I don’t want to try to make something happen; I just want to follow behind you where you are already going. ++
…That wasn’t very profound, it’s old Vineyard theology. But lectio isn’t about being profound, it’s about connecting. Yesterday, I was certain that I would find something profound in Jesus’ baptism (heaven opened, the Spirit descending, the Father speaking). But if God’s word, for me, this day, is “Jesus went,” he has his reasons. A nice thing about focusing on a short phrase is that it is easy to meditate on it throughout the day and see where it leads. (The stuff I’ve read talks about “a word or a phrase,” but I’ve never had just a single word, that seems so short! I wonder what it’s like.)