Bible Reading list for 7 April to 19 May 2024

Bible Texts for Eastertide
Eastertide is seen as the climax of the liturgical year for the church. It is a period of
time in which the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated throughout the
whole world, by Christians from a variety of religious and faith traditions. Over a period
of Seven Sundays until the time of Pentecost, the implications of the resurrection for
us, and the practical living out of the Christian Faith in a challenging world is celebrated
and reflected on. This period is from Easter Sunday to Pentecost, which is the
celebration of the Ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
In contrast with the sombre, dark colours of Lent, Easter is a time for celebration and
white symbolises the fact that we are now washed clean from our sins by Jesus’ blood.
Brightly coloured flowers are used to show new life and resurrection power. And
during Pentecost bright red shows the power of the Holy Spirit.

1 – 7 April Easter 2 Acts 4.32-35 7 April
8 – 14 April Easter 3 Acts 3.12-19 14 April
15 – 21 April Easter 4 Acts 4.5-12 21 April
22 – 28 April Easter 5 Acts 8.26-40 28 April
29 Apr – 5 May Easter 6 Acts 10.44-48 5 May
6 – 12 May Easter 7 Acts 1.15-17,21-26 12 May
13 – 19 May Pentecost Acts 2.1-21 19 May

How do we read together?

Lectio Divina (Latin for “Divine Reading”) is a contemplative way of reading scripture
that invites an individual or group to draw closer to God. Unlike traditional bible study,
which is about knowing, knowing the text, its meaning and what “one is supposed to
know,” Lectio Divina is more about listening, engaging the heart and the imagination.
It invites to ask questions such as, “What is the text saying to me?” or “What does the
text say about who God is and how God is moving in my life and in the world?” Lectio
Divina is unhurried. We read the passage slowly; chew on it, as they say, listen for the
small details that we might otherwise overlook. We listen; pay attention. The ultimate
goal of Lectio Divina is to open a space in our lives for reflection, spiritual conversation
and to deepen our relationship with Go.

How are we doing it?

Step 1 – Read
Read the text a few times – take your time. If possible, use a few
different translations. Learn to listen while you read. You don’t simply
read for information. You read and listen with your heart – because you
want to hear and meet God. Identify a verse, a phrase, or a word that
catches your eye, or captures your attention.
Step 2 – Meditate
Think a bit further on the word or phrase that is speaking to you: what
do you hear? What emotions are evoked in you? What is God saying to
you? Meditation pulls our own life into the world of the text. The text
begins to read our own lives. The Bible (God!) becomes the subject of
the activity and our lives become the object.
Step 3 – Pray
When the text starts speaking to you, it is a spontaneous reaction to
want to speak to God about it. Pray about what you heard God saying
to you, what God is challenging you with, what God promises you, or
what God asks of you in the text.
Step 4 – Receive and Live
Apply what you’ve read to your life. Believe that what God asks of you
through the text, he will help you do through the Holy Spirit at work in
your heart and mind. ‘Receive’ it in the faith, like that faith Mary had
where in Luke 1:38 she said, ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Praying
here means ‘receiving’ and saying, ‘thank you’