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).
Today's gospel opens by introducing a parable "about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary." In some ways though, this parable is more about trust than it is about prayer...
Right away we meet a judge who has no respect for God or others, and you get the feeling that we're not supposed to like him. Then we meet a widow who's just trying to get the judge to make a fair ruling for her. (It's a classic good-guy / bad-guy scenario.) But the judge is not interested in helping the widow since apparently he doesn't like people. Eventually he gives into her just so she'll stop bothering him.
What a guy.
But Jesus tells us to pay attention to the judge. Why?
"Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?"
Here's His point: If a dishonest judge who doesn't respect God or people eventually gives a poor widow what she needs just so she'll stop bothering him, how much more will a God of infinite love and mercy give us what we need when we ask because He loves us? So when it comes to "praying always without becoming weary," the real question is:
Do you trust Him?
Do you trust that He is a God of unfathomable love? Do you trust that He loves YOU? Do you trust that He wants what's best for you? Do you trust that He wants to provide for you as any good father wants to provide for his beloved children? Do you trust that when you pray, the Lord hears your prayers and always answers them in the way that is best for you?
When we don't trust Him, we treat God as if He's a dishonest judge who we have to badger just to get our needs met. We fail to remember that He is motivated by love alone because He is love itself. We pray under the assumption that He needs us to convince Him that He loves us.
Today, Jesus calls us to pray with a spirit of trust. We don't badger God because we think He doesn't care. We persevere in prayer because we know that as we remain in relationship with our Lord, He will align our hearts and lives to His will. And His will is always what's best for us.
So how do you pray?
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 do you pray? Do you pray with a spirit of trust?
Do you trust that God loves you and wants what is best for you?
Will you persevere and continue to pray even when you become weary?
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.
"Lord, grant me a spirit of trust."
"Holy Spirit, help me to pray without becoming weary."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
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 that one thing that you have been praying to God about for awhile now. Spend some extra time praying to the Lord about that one thing today. Pray for the grace to have a spirit of trust in the Lord and that he will answer your prayer.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Dan Wolff, High School Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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