Title: Pantomime, Poetry and Scripture
Date: September 18, 2015
Mime is to theater as poetry is to literature.
Few people enjoy being mimicked by a silent street corner mime in white face paint. No matter how talented the mime, mimes are publicly disliked. I know this personally because I am a retired mime — having studied it in college, toured nationally in a college troupe, and stood on many an urban street corner where I was the irritating guy in white face.
Poetry, or being a poet, is often maligned, too. I think poetry is the mime of the literature world. I think this as a poet and as a college English major. Part of the poetry problem is that most poetry is written for the ear to hear, and not for silent reading. For poetry to live, poetry should to be read slowly aloud, so that the words, the images, the ideas, the structure and the emotion of the poem can be felt.
Scripture reading is a like poetry reading, because originally scripture was written not to be read alone and silently, but aloud and publicly. If you find reading scripture boring, read it aloud. As you read, listen to the words. Read a little, and then meditate on it, and repeat. Reading scripture aloud transforms it from a book to be studied into the Living Word. If you read in this way, you may discover that reading scripture is prayer.
Let's Pray: Dear God, when we read Your word, help us hear with our ears and listen with our hearts that we might understand with our minds. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: Scripture reading is a spiritual practice.
Source: Lectio Divina, “is a traditional … practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lectio_Divina - cite_note-Benner47-0
A practical guide to lexio divina can be found at Beliefnet. http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Catholic/2000/08/How-To-Practice-Lectio-Divina.aspx