Bible Reading List

Bible Reading list for 12 February to 31 March 2024
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 God.
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’.
Bible Texts for Lent
Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before
Easter. Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper with
God. This means that it’s a time for personal reflection that prepares people’s hearts and
minds for Good Friday and Easter.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. You may have noticed people with a smudged, black
cross on their foreheads. Those are ashes from the Ash Wednesday service. The ashes
symbolize our grief for the things we’ve done wrong and the resulting division of imperfect
people from a perfect God. Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to start
the last week of his life, known today as ‘Holy Week’. Maundy Thursday is the day before
Good Friday. It commemorates the night before Jesus died, when He shared the Passover
meal with His closest friends and followers. Good Friday is the day Christians remember Jesus’
death. The “Good” reflects how Jesus’ death was a sacrifice on our behalf so we can receive
God’s forgiveness for our wrongs, or sins. Easter Sunday is the joyful celebration of Jesus rising
from the dead to give us the opportunity of eternal life. While people still die, Jesus made the
way for people to have a relationship with God in this life and to spend eternity with Him in
12 – 18 February Lent 1 Psalm 2; Romans 8:14-17 18 February
19 – 25 February Lent 2 Psalm 16 25 February
26 Feb – 3 March Lent 3 Psalm 23; John 10:1-8 3 March
4 – 10 March Lent 4 Psalm 100 & 110, Hebrs. 7:11-17 10 March
11 – 17 March Lent 5 Psalm 69:1-3; John 18:4-6 17 March
18 – 24 March Palm Sunday Psalm 22:1-3; 23-31 24 March
25 – March Easter Sunday Mark 16: 1-8 31 March