I came across an interesting explanation of Lectio Divina; the practice of religious reading.
In reading the Gospel, we should first work out what the text is trying to say in itself, second what it is saying to us and third what we are trying to say in reply.
Today’s reading is from Mark 7 14-23.
…When he had gone back into the house, away from the crowd, his disciples questioned him about the parable, he said to them “do you not understand either?” Can you not see that whatever goes into a person from the outside outside cannot make them unclean?
I often think I can see what a text is trying to say in itself. Perhaps even what it says to me. What I find difficult is what I say in reply.
Do I just agree with the statement: “It is what comes out of a man that makes him unclean?”