According to Saint Jerome, ignorance of the scriptures, is ignorance of Christ. It is worth noting that he said ignorance of Christ and not ignorance of his teachings or philosophy. We need to remember this in our lectio divina and that the sacred text is the privileged medium through which Christ reveals himself to us. Unlike the modern and professional exegete, we are not seeking to master the sacred text, but to open our hearts and minds to the One who reaches out to us through the Sacred Word. Like Blessed Job, we thus need to put a hand over our mouths (and minds) and adopt a humble (yet expectant) attitude of silent listening—allowing the sacred text to read our hearts and expose their sinfulness to healing light of God’s mercy. Undertaken in this manner, the practice of lectio divina allows us to say with the psalmist (in today’s Responsorial Psalm), O Lord, you have probed me, and you know me. And, we can add, in this knowing me, you simultaneously reveal yourself to me. Therefore, through the intercession of Saint Jerome, may we be granted such a silent, listening, attentive, and humble heart, every time we pick up God’s Holy Word and encounter the Living Word, Christ Jesus, our Lord.