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).
Imagine walking into a room full of people looking for one person you know, but the further into this room you go, you start to realize there is no one you recognize. Now, picture that same crowded room, except this time you know one person and to that one person you mean the world to them. How does that make you feel? I’m going to guess something along the lines of special, loved, or joyful.
In today’s reading it talks about how Moses lit up, or radiated every time he was in the presence of the Lord. Whenever, I get to see my best friend I cannot stop smiling. However, when I first met her, things were awkward because we did not know each other all too well and were just trying to find common ground. I am sure y’all can relate when you first met your best friend. As the years have passed, the more time we have bonded over nature walks, Dunkin' Donuts coffee, or fast food runs, and the more we have communicated with one another, the closer we have become.
A relationship with the Lord requires the same thing. He wants you to go to Him with everything. He desires to know you. He desires to know your joys and your sorrows. It all starts with communication, prayer. I love talking and sharing about my day with my best friend, but sometimes I get so caught up in talking to her that I forget to bring it back to God. Try and take 5 minute today to share with the Lord all the wonderful things He has put into your life, and then take 5 minutes to sit and listen for what He has to say. Beautiful things come from sitting in the silence.
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 have my friendships deepened over the years?
How do I look and act after being in the presence of the Lord?
How am I developing a deeper relationship with 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.
"God is close."
"Go to the Lord."
"Bring it back to 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?
Take at least 5 to share with the Lord and thank Him all the wonderful things He has put into your life, and then take at least another 5 minutes to sit and listen for what He has to say.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Mary Andren, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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