Lectio  Divina  for Vocation Discernment
We offer you some Scripture texts with reflection questions to help with your discernment.
Perhaps you can take one text each week, read it slowly many times 
and spend time praying about the questions.


Text 1: The Transfiguration         Matthew 17:1-9

Text 2: Jesus Calls the First Disciples             Luke 5:1-11

Text 3:  Jesus the Good Shepherd              John 10:1-10

Text 4: Make his paths straight         Mark 1:1-8            


Text 1: The Transfiguration         Matthew 17:1-9

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”  When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”  And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” 

For Reflection:

  1. Think of a time you went away for a retreat or quiet time, either privately or with a small group of friends. Remember the sense of God’s presence that you had, and try to recall the peace and other feelings that were with you.
  2. In what sort of place is it good to be with Jesus? Perhaps a Church or prayer space you like… but also think of your inner space of quiet where you can be with Him any moment of the day. Go to that space now and say “Lord, it is good to be here with you”.
  3. Think of yourself as God’s Beloved child – hear God say to you: You ………… are my Beloved Child. (insert your own name).
  4. Try to hear Jesus say to you: “Do not be afraid”. How does that make you feel?
  5. Sometimes God reveals things to us, His creatures, and we must keep them private for a while until the moment is right to talk. Is God revealing anything to you at the moment? Ask Him to whom and when it is right to talk about it.


Read over the text again slowly and pick out the word or short phrase that seems to resonate most with your life at the moment. Think about this little word or phrase for a long time, and try to relate it to other things you have read in Scripture, or perhaps heard in a sermon, or even events of daily life.

 Finally, finish off your time by gathering all your thoughts into a prayer in your own words to God – either of praise, request or thanksgiving.


Text 2: Jesus Calls the First Disciples              Luke 5:1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

For Reflection:

  1. Think of yourself on the lakeshore with the crowds. What teaching of Jesus do you need to hear today? 
  2. Imagine yourself as Simon, hearing Jesus challenge you to move out to deeper water, or to do something a little difficult? How does this make you feel?
  3. Did you ever feel tired or frustrated because your work seemed fruitless?
  4. When something extraordinary and unexpected happens in your life, how do you react? With joy, humility, excitement, a sense of your own littleness… or some other feeling…?
  5. Try to hear Jesus say to you: “Do not be afraid”. How will you respond to Him?

 
Read over the text again slowly and pick out the word or short phrase that seems to resonate most with your life at the moment. Think about this little word or phrase for a long time, and try to relate it to other things you have read in Scripture, or perhaps heard in a sermon, or even events of daily life.

 
Finally, finish off your time by gathering all your thoughts into a prayer in your own words to God – either of praise, request or thanksgiving.


Text 3: Jesus the Good Shepherd              John 10:1-10

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

For Reflection:

  1. What sort of things in today’s world and culture could we consider as the thieves or bandits that steal people from Jesus?
  2. How can we hear the voice of the Good Shepherd? How do we recognize Him?
  3. Try to hear yourself being called by name by Jesus, and that He is leading you and you are following Him.
  4. Do you understand what Jesus is saying to you? If not, then ask Him to keep repeating it again in different ways until you understand fully what He is teaching you.
  5. God wants you to have abundant life! Think about this for a minute. What is most life-giving for you at the moment? What is not life-giving?


Read over the text again slowly and pick out the word or short phrase that seems to resonate most with your life at the moment. Think about this little word or phrase for a long time, and try to relate it to other things you have read in Scripture, or perhaps heard in a sermon, or even events of daily life.

 
Finally, finish off your time by gathering all your thoughts into a prayer in your own words to God – either of praise, request or thanksgiving.


Text 4: Make his paths straight     Mark 1:1-8            

The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:


Look, I am going to send my messenger before you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.

and so it was that John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey. In the course of his preaching he said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’

For Reflection:

  1. Who have been the messengers from God in your life, preparing the way for your faith to grow?
  2. Do you know the date of your own baptism? Is it significant for you?
  3. How can you prepare a way for the Lord in your heart?
  4. Have you ever felt like you were in the wilderness? Was it a place of encounter with God, or a lonely place?
  5.  How do you relate to the character of John the Baptist?


Read over the text again slowly and pick out the word or short phrase that seems to resonate most with your life at the moment. Think about this little word or phrase for a long time, and try to relate it to other things you have read in Scripture, or perhaps heard in a sermon, or even events of daily life.

Finally, finish off your time by gathering all your thoughts into a prayer in your own words to God – either of praise, request or thanksgiving.


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