Lectio Divina is an ancient practice that was done regularly in monasteries beginning in the 6th century. It recently has gained popularity due to Vatican II and the resurgence of the contemplative practices in Christianity. This practice truly engages scripture as the living word.
This Week’s Devotion From Lenten Years Past
The gospel text for this Sunday, Mark 8:31-38, is pivotal to Mark’s gospel. In the verses immediately before this text, Peter rightfully proclaims Jesus is the Christ — God’s anointed savior. In the 1995 Lenten Devotional, beloved member of SPR, Evelyn Stampley, reflected on Jesus’ response and the cost of following him.
What does it cost to follow Christ? The question has been pondered by many people of this generation as well as those of generations past. Does the answer to this question change with the passing of time? I think not!
According to Mark 8:34, the Phillips translation, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Profound are the implications of these words recorded in Mark 8:34. I can not belong to myself and follow Christ. I am held in reserve for him; for his service. It is as if I must bear the stamp of his approval through all of life. I must somehow be steadfast in my ability to step in the footprints made by him: I must walk through the pain of conflict; through rough places to difficult to tread, I must focus ahead. I must forgive those who misunderstand me and reject me as they perceive me to be.
What does it cost to follow Christ? Can anyone fully measure the cost? I suspect that for each of us, the list continues.