The four lessons in this series on the book of Ruth use the Ignatian method of Bible study. Over the course of these four lessons, you will be asked to read the entire book of Ruth each week. Each reading will be read from the perspective of one of the characters in the story. You are encouraged to write your reflections, thoughts, and any questions that arise in a journal so that you can look back and see how these thoughts and reflections develop through the course of the study.
Prepare yourself to listen to God’s word. Spend several minutes becoming still. Focus on your breathing, slowly, in and out. When you are quieted, begin reading.
Read the entire book of Ruth, identifying with Naomi as the main character. Try to enter her character, and put yourself in her situation, her setting, her personality.
Record what strikes you as you read. Be aware of your emotions. You might note any questions that arise in your mind. After finishing, reflect on the following:
- Describe Naomi. What kind of person is she? How did she change as the story progressed?
- In what ways and at what stages of her life do you find it easy to identify with her?
- Where do you experience difficulty in identifying with her situation?
- What in your life history resonates with Naomi’s story?
- What is God teaching you through this reading?