As the adjective divina indicates, the book par excellence for lectio is the Bible. Scripture itself frequently mentions reading lectio. Nehemiah (8:2-10) and the eunuch from Ethiopia (Acts 8:28) are but two very good examples. ‘Jesus said: “If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples; you will come to know the truth, and the truth will set you free”‘ (Jn 8:31-32).

Saint Paul wrote to the Romans: ‘… all these things which were written so long ago were written so that we, learning perseverance and the encouragement which the scriptures give, should have hope.’ (Rom 15:4)

To the Corinthians: ‘Now all these things happened to them by way of example, and they were described in writing to be a lesson for us, to whom it has fallen to live in the last days of the ages.’ (1 Cor 10:11)

To the Ephesians: ‘[God] made known to me by a revelation the mystery I have just described briefly – a reading of it will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ (Eph 3:3-4).

To the Philippians: ‘Fill your minds then with things that are true, honourable, upright and pure; things that are lovely, admirable, good and praise-worthy … and the God of peace will be with you (Phil 4:8-9).

To Timothy: ‘Until I arrive devote yourself to reading’ … Attende lectioni (1 Tim 4:13). ‘All scripture is inspired by God and useful for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be upright.’ (2 Tm 3:16)

Saint Peter: ‘I have written to you, trying to awaken in you by my reminder an unclouded understanding.’ (2 Pet 3:1)