Part 2 of the 4 part series: Lectio Divina
STEP 2 of Lectio Divina: Meditatio or Meditation
After finding a word or passage in Scripture that speaks to you in a personal way, begin meditating and ruminating on it.
Place yourself in the story. To help you dive deeper into the text and follow where the Lord may be leading you, try placing yourself in the story as one of the people or a bystander. For example, when Jesus has Simon Peter cast his nets once more into the sea, do you see yourself as Jesus, Peter, or one of the other guys? Do you identify with what they may be experiencing? Do you feel as though God may be telling you something personally through these words? (Luke 5:1-11)
Meditate. Allow the word(s) to sink in, repeating them and "allowing them to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories, and ideas." It's ok if your mind wanders somewhat because sometimes these meditations can bring up memories that we don't realize are linked to the messages in the Bible. Attempt to ponder these things in your heart, after the example of Mary (Luke 2:19).
In this second step of meditatio, God desires to show us things about Himself and ourselves. It may be a truth about his virtue or our lack of virtue, or it may be a consoling answer to one of our persistent anxieties. Whatever it may be, it is here that the Lord connects the dots between various areas of our lives and shows us the relevance of His Word in our daily prayer.