Lectio Divina on (John 3 : 7 – 8)   Leave a comment

Introduction

This series is my Lectio Divina, or Divine Reading series, in this series I am going to present to you the reader my experiences with applying Lectio Divina to certain scripture excerpts. Lectio Divina is called Divine Reading for a reason; for it is more contemplative then the typical and casual reading that most people do in a busy day. Divine Reading is meant to speak to your whole being rather than solely the intellectual part of your being. Certain excerpts are large, so they were broken up into smaller pieces to respect the key contemplative aspect of this ancient practice; these are the notes which I made in light of each Lectio Divina reading. I used the Orthodox Study Bible for Reading and for its commentary on scriptural entries in order to begin the first and move into the second part of the process.

John 3:7-8

“Wonder not that I said to you: You must be born again. The Spirit breathes where he will and you hear his voice: but you know not whence he comes and whither he goes. So is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

To Paraphrase the Entry from The Orthodox Study Bible it reads, “A Play on words: the Greek word ‘pneuma’ means both wind and Spirit. The Holy Spirit is like the Wind, we do not know its origin and its end. The Spirit cannot be contained by ideas and agendas of a human or creaturely sort.”

In light of practicing a Divine Reading to the Scriptures above, I have come to the understanding once again that The Spirit is one who manifests its works by way of Spontaneity. I choose the word Spontaneity not because it is completely random and meaningless, because the word Spontaneous means, “happening or arising without apparent external cause.” If the Spirit is like the wind seemingly with no apparent origin (“you know not whence it comes”) then it is self-generating, aka Spontaneous. Likewise those who live by or born by the Spirit, find that the things they long for manifest themselves in a Spontaneous manner, however this time I mean, “Arising from a natural inclination or impulse and not from external incitement or constraint” (aka Virtue) and even “Growing without cultivation or human labor.” (aka Grace)

Therefore, if the Spirit by its nature makes things manifest in a Spontaneous way then when we ask for something we ought to ask with Joy and Hope but also in Faithfulness that what we want will manifest. However we ought to bare things in patience and we ought not Arrogantly Expect every whim and fancy of ours to be answered. For the Spirit will not be contained by Human Agenda and Desires, since the Spirit is a Spirit of Selfless Love it also seeks to give itself to us and we ought to courageously and without reserve give the Spirit to others in both physical and psychological ways. With this comes the recognition that God is the Ultimate Desire. However to the degree that a less than eternal desire is manifested it is only a foreshadowing of Receiving God Himself. So do not think that what you receive will bring lasting joy, it may bring long-term joy in this life but ultimately those who live by the Spirit will be lead back to itself.

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