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).
Pride and jealousy are a dangerous duo. A sneaky one too.
You could be having one of the best days ever. Win a scratch-off ticket, earn a new promotion at work, get a nice haircut. Sometimes all it takes is a few words to flip a switch from good to jealous.
“Well, you didn’t win that much!”
“Still can’t believe you got passed over for the other job!”
“You got a haircut? I didn’t even notice!”
For King Saul, in today’s first reading, all it took was a song:
“Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”
At that point, Saul was triggered. He went as far as plan to kill his former ally. The moral of the story is a lesson as old as time. No matter how good you are at something, someone will be better. That doesn’t mean give up though. There’s a fine line between jealousy and humility. God wants use to seek the latter because knowing that someone can be better is a reminder of our own mortality. The prime of our talents don’t last forever, but we can seek wisdom in passing the torch and teaching that person lead the way.
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.
How are you struggling with pride and jealousy?
Are you humble in your thoughts and actions towards others and in your prayer life? How can you grow in humility?
In what ways do you need to surrender your pride and jealousy to God and seek His wisdom in humility?
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.
"Lead me, Lord."
"I give you my heart."
"You are my God."
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 the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Today, whenever you feel yourself getting jealous or acting prideful, offer it up to God in a quick prayer. In that short prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to help you grow in humility and to give you the wisdom you need.
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