Lectio Divina: Psalm 51

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

Here, as stated before, it is my intention to draw from the forthcoming Sunday liturgy and to offer a guided prayer on one of the pieces of scripture in the same way that we have been doing in Exploring Personal Prayer. I do not intend to offer any reflections on the scripture. My suggestion is that you follow the Ignatian structure: preparation for prayer by reading the scripture, going to your prayer place and doing the prayer itself, and then moving away to another place and doing a review of the prayer. Keeping some sort of prayer journal is good practice. Note any moments of consolation in the prayer, where you felt drawn more deeply into God, and moments of desolation, where prayer was disturbed, where you were distracted and pulled further away from God: feelings of attraction and repulsion should be noted. These points may provide areas for repetition of the prayer. Also, if you have a spiritual director or prayer partner, someone who can listen with an ear to where God is in this, it may be worth sharing your prayer with them. I am following the processes outline in the prayer cards above. You may print these onto A6 or A4 card to have in your prayer space to help you become accustomed to this way of praying, remembering it is more of a flow than a rigid structure.  

Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,14-15 

For I know my transgressions, 

and my sin is ever before me. 

4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned

and done what is evil in your sight, 

so that you are justified in your sentence 

    and blameless when you pass judgement. 

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, 
    and sustain in me a willing[a] spirit. 

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, 
    and sinners will return to you. 

14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, 
    O God of my salvation, 
    and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance. 

15 O Lord, open my lips, 
    and my mouth will declare your praise. 

Lectio Divina Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,14-15 : Guided prayer

Background music is the album: Keith Halligan – Lifestyle Meditation, Global Journey  

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