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 it comes to the call of brothers Peter and Andrew or the call of the Sons of Zebedee (James and John) the immediacy of their response to Christ’s invitation has always struck me. Matthew tells us that Peter and Andrew, “at once” left their nets, their old way of life behind and followed the Lord. And as for James and John, Matthew says that they “immediately” walked away from their livelihood and their family in order to respond to the call of Jesus. I have to be honest, I don’t typically enjoy this Gospel because as I read how quick these fishermen were to abandon all that they knew in order to follow the way of the Lord; my response time presents itself as a woefully lagging contrast.
More often than not, when the Lord calls me out of my former way of life (a life filled with anxiety, desperation for control, self-loathing, despair, and an overall feeling of not-enoughness) I am a lot less like these Apostles and a lot more like a little kid being forced to wake up early on a Saturday morning in order to go to the dentist and get a cavity filled; in other words I’m slow-moving and reluctant, holding fast to what I’ve always known, what seems to be more comfortable.
But as I pray through this Gospel today, the bold and complete surrender of Peter, Andrew, James, and John offers me hope that maybe, just maybe, I have the capacity for that all-encompassing surrender in me after all. My prayer for us today, friends, is that we would read in the surrender of these fishermen, not just the story of how they boldly left their old ways behind to walk in the way of the Lord, but also the promise that our God is giving us the grace to do the same. Amen.
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.
Would you be able to leave everything behind and follow the Lord "at once" if He called you to? Why or why not?
What might the Lord be calling you to, that you are indecisive about or dragging your feet?
What are you holding onto that prevents you from completely following the Lord?
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.
"Here I am Lord."
"Jesus, I trust in You."
"Come Holy Spirit."
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?
Start letting go of the things that are holding you back from following Jesus. Be prepared, so that at any moment, you are ready to say yes and follow Him completely.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lauren Wright, a Youth Minister in Rockford, IL.
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