Scripture Passage: Leviticus 19.34
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Consider one or more of the following practices as a response to this invitation to the Word.
Read Leviticus 19:34
One of the great ways to read Scripture is to hear it read aloud. Read Leviticus 19:34 aloud several times, individually or with a group. Listen to its rhythms, its cadences and its poetry.
Use this scripture passage in prayer. How might this Word shape your prayer? Lectio Divina is another way to read Scripture prayerfully or contemplatively, helping us to be open to hearing the words of Scripture as a personally enlivening and transforming Word from God. Consider praying Leviticus 19:34 as Lectio Divina.
Read Leviticus 19: 30-37 individually or with a small group or class. How does this command about aliens fit within the other commands that God gives here? Why is loving the alien important enough to list alongside respect for elders and honesty? Why is loving aliens among us difficult? What do you think it means to “love the alien as yourself”?
Hide these words in your heart by memorizing this brief verse over a period of days.
How is God calling you to live in response to this scripture? This includes obeying the commands of the Scriptures, but also having our imaginations, our thoughts, our feelings shaped by the Word of God. It means being not only hearers of the Word but doers also. How will you live?