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).
I’m writing this reflection on Election Day. By the time you read this, the new president of the United States of America will already be announced. Some of you may be happy. Some will be sad. Some will be angry. Some joyful. Some indifferent. Some worried.
Our country is a beautiful gift. We live in a nation that was intentionally founded with a strong foundation, one that was created with Godly ideals and principles. Our Founding Fathers laid the framework that Americans would be able to live with “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness".
But our government is not God. Our President is not the source of our salvation. This is something many Catholics have had to wrestle with throughout this tumultuous election. We need to put the hope for our lives in the strongest foundation of all: Our God.
“like a wise master builder I have laid a foundation”
The Lord is the master builder. It is He who will actually build a strong foundation for our lives—He has already done it. We need to live according to His plans and His designs if we want to flourish.
Each one of us is a building, a temple for his Holy Spirit. He dwells in our hearts, our smiles, our words. When we live according to our blueprints, we are most alive.
“but each one must be careful how he builds upon it”
Just because we have a strong foundation in the Lord, doesn’t mean we are set. We must continue to build and transform and add renovations to our structure as we change and grow.
Buildings need maintenance. They must be cared for and treated properly, or they will decay and crumble. Homeowners know how hard upkeep can be - there is always something to fix, change, or do - and our lives are the same. If we are not following our blueprints carefully, and building good things on the already laid foundation, the walls and strength in our life will never last. All that is often left after an earthquake is the foundation. If we do not do the proper maintenance in our lives, and work to stay right with the Lord, His commandments, and all the things that make us whole, our structure will not stand the test of time.
As with our country, we need to be careful how we build in our lives. Even a building with the strongest foundation will go awry if the Lord is not in charge. We need to invite Him into the building process, and make Him King of all.
Come Lord Jesus, be the King of our country, and of our hearts. You laid the foundation, now teach us how to build.
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 is the foundation of your life? If you strip away everything that is "excess," everything outside of the basics, what is at the core of your life? Is this foundation firm?
When is the last time you've allowed the Lord to make changes, renovations, or updates to the foundation and the life you've been building? What is He asking of you today?
Is God the King of everything in your life? If not, what are you holding back?
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.
"You are my foundation"
"I trust you, Lord"
"Build me up, Lord"
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?
Invite God into a part of your life that is new today. This might mean just saying a prayer before doing an activity you do everyday, or bringing Him up in conversation. Let Him make a small renovation today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Andrea Scott, a graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio currently living in Washington D.C.