Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
In an Epistemology class one time, I remember the professor telling us about when the first tall ships arrived on the shores of the New World. Epistemology could be called the "philosophy of knowing." It was a fascinating story, because he described some ancient accounts of what the natives saw when the tall ships anchored off the coast. All they saw was ripples. Ripples in the water. The beams, sails, wood, masts, and so forth, were so outside of their everyday experience, so behind their ability to comprehend and process, that their minds couldn't even put together the concept of a ship at first. The technology was too far beyond them.
But, little by little, day by day, they kept staring at the ripples and they began to see a log here, a beam there, a piece of fabric at first and then, before too long, they were able to see the ship.
Today's reading reminds us that God has placed His Law in our minds and even written it on our hearts...but I think sometimes it can be so far beyond, so alien to our culture, so outside the realm of our society's ability to process, that we can only see the ripples. God has placed this unchangeable, eternal, and perfect Law within each of us, and, if we stare at it long enough, the ripples will disappear, and we'll see it for what it is.
Good. Noble. Perfect. Freeing. Life-giving.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What does the idea of God's law mean to you? When is it easy to understand, and when is it difficult for you to understand?
What holds you back on a daily basis from knowing what God asks of you and living it out?
How can you learn more of God's teaching in order to see His perfect law for what it is? How will this help you in your spiritual journey?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Your law is good."
"Your way is perfect."
"You are true."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with Lord bear fruit in you today?
Think of something that the Church teaches that is sometimes difficult for you to understand, where you can only see the ripples, and spend some time reflecting on it in order to help you see the ship for what it truly is.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Jon Bakkelund, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.