The Bible testifies to the crucial role that the Sacraments play in God's relationship with humankind. Yet sometimes we take them for granted and miss the true power and significance each Sacrament represents.
In a ground-breaking combination of one of the most ancient forms of Scripture study with the history, theology, and Scriptural perspective of the sacraments, Stephen Binz leads us on an incredible journey.
Lectio divina, the ancient practice of Scripture immersion, is at the heart of this process. It explores complex topics with sequential steps of study, meditation, and internalization. Specifically, every chapter leads you forward through a sequence of:
---Listening Reading Scripture with expectancy, trusting that God will speak His Word to us through it
---Understanding Seeking to comprehend the meaning of the text, encountering God there, and being changed by that encounter
---Reflecting Linking the truth of the Scriptures to the experience of faith in the world in which we live
---Praying A dialogue with God: we listen to God, then we respond in prayer ---Acting After prayerfully listening to a passage of Scripture, we should be inspired to make a difference in the way we live The Lectio Divina Bible Study series is suitable for parish, small group, or individual use.
Stephen J. Binz
Stephen J. Binz is an award-winning author of over 30 books, biblical scholar, popular speaker, and psychotherapist. His many books include the new series Ancient-Future Bible Study (Brazos Press), Lectio Divina Bible Study (OSV), Threshold Bible Study (Twenty-Third), and Conversing with God in Scripture series (Word Among Us). Following graduate degrees at the Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he has developed Bible studies in the church for over two decades and has offered numerous study trips and pilgrimages to biblical lands. Binz speaks frequently at churches and national conferences in the area of biblical studies, Christian spirituality, and psycho-social personal development. He is a L.C.S.W. and holds an S.S.L. in biblical studies. He lives with his wife Pamela in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"The Mass in Scripture yokes solid biblical scholarship, liturgical history and theology, and pastoral insight into a wonderful resource for individuals and groups wishing to deepen their appreciation for the celebration of the Eucharist in the Roman Rite. Adapting the monastic meditative savoring of scripture to the texts and ceremonies of the Mass, Stephen Binz both instructs and models how eucharistic mystagogy might be fruitfully engaged. It is one of those rare books that could be used with profit by clergy and religious professionals, cradle Catholics, and new initiates." --Rev. Jan Michael Joncas, liturgical theologian and composer, Associate Professor of Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas