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).
When I read through today’s Gospel reading, there was one word that I couldn’t shake from my mind: almost. As in, the father of the possessed boy almost had complete faith in Christ’s ability to save his son; almost, but not quite. Now, as much as I hate to admit it, I can relate all too well to the boy’s father. I mean I would love to be able to claim that having complete and unyielding trust in the Lord has never been a challenge for me but the reality is that so often in my prayer, when I make requests of the Lord, there exists this small voice in the back of my head that is constantly asking, “but what if…” “But what if he can’t help you,” “but what if he doesn’t want to help you,” “but what if it’s not his will.” I imagine that this small, yet effective, voice is similar to what was going through the father’s head as he made his request to the Lord: “if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
The good news is that the Gospel story doesn’t end here. Almost immediately after the admission of his lack of faith the father cries out to the Lord, “I do believe, help my unbelief!” And somehow, miraculously, this is enough for the Lord. In my own life, I sometimes think that in order for God to work miracles, I need to possess a perfect, steadfast faith. But if there’s one thing to take away from today’s Gospel reading it’s that if we can take even the smallest step in faith, God will take the rest. So often, we seem to believe that we have to have it all figured out in order for the Lord to move in our lives, but truth is that as long as we are willing to bring our “almost” faith before the Lord, then he can make up the difference.
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.
Do you have an "almost" faith?
What are the doubts that hold you back from having total faith?
How will you actively strive to grow in your faith?
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.
"I do believe."
"Help my unbelief."
"Lord, increase my faith."
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?
Commit to at least one way you want to grow in your faith this week. Maybe that is going to daily Mass, reading Scripture, or stopping by the Adoration Chapel. Whatever you commit to do, share it with a brother or sister in Christ and ask them to help hold you accountable.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lauren Wright, an Adore Missionary and Youth Minister in Rockford, IL.
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