156. The prayerful reading of God’s word, which is “sweeter than honey” (Psalm 119:103) yet a “two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12), enables us to pause and listen to the voice of the Master. It becomes a lamp for our steps and a light for our path (cf. Psalm 119:105).
The paragraph on contemplation (GeE 155) got me thinking about Lectio Divina, and here, we get an endorsement not only from the Psalmist but from the bishops of India:
As the bishops of India have reminded us, “devotion to the word of God is not simply one of many devotions, beautiful but somewhat optional. It goes to the very heart and identity of Christian life. The word has the power to transform lives”. [Conference Of Catholic Bishops of India, Final Declaration of the Twenty-First Plenary Assembly, 18 February 2009, 3.2]