The goal of this Edge Night is for the middle school youth to understand what Lectio Divina is and how it can make Scripture come to life in their lives.
Edge Night at a Glance
One of the most common reasons people give for not reading the Bible is that they do not understand it or feel overwhelmed with where to start. Yet, as Catholics, we are called to read and pray through the Scriptures on a regular basis in order to grow in holiness. While this may seem like a tall task, we are blessed to have a style of reading the Bible that can help us to understand it and relate it to our lives. That style is called Lectio Divina meaning, “divine reading,” and is a four- step process that can be done individually or in a group setting to help us focus in on a particular word or phrase from a given scripture passage.
To help the middle school youth understand what Lectio Divina is, this night will begin with a Crossword puzzle that challenges them to find different verses in the Bible and pick out the missing word. This transitions into the Proclaim, which is a basic teaching on what Lectio Divina is and how it works. During the Break, the youth will have an opportunity to experience Lectio Divina with their small group. Once this is complete, they will discuss this experience and do several activities to further bring it to life. Finally the Send will give them an opportunity to offer up a prayer based off the word or phrase that stuck out to them in their experience of Lectio Divina.