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).
In today’s gospel, I can see myself at 5 biting my little brother because he bit me first. I got in trouble, he did not (he was 1). “But mom that’s not fair.”
And then still at 14, when the class got in trouble for talking, including me even though I wasn’t talking. “But that is not fair.”
And still now in my 30s often something happens and I want to point out but that is not right, that is not fair. Jesus, why can’t I have this or that?
It is so good that God is patient with us. Life isn’t what we, along with the first landowners might always deem as “fair”. Often we are so focused on what we get or what we perceive to be less that we miss the point. One person having a good day does not take away from our own. Someone receiving generosity does not take away from what we have earned.
It is so easy to get caught up in other people’s lives and forget about our own and our own blessings. Two things have been helping me turn this in my own life. First, each night my husband and I share one thing we are grateful for about our day before we pray. It brings it back to what matters and helios us think about the good in the day (even when it might not have been good, we can always find at least one thing). The second big change I have made in this thinking has been getting off social media. It is so typical to say it almost is a cliche. But truly social media only shows us the highlights in someone’s life, just enough to increase our jealousy, no matter how happy we are for them. And for more than the last month I have limited my Facebook and Instagram time to 5 minutes a day, it is just enough time to see my friend’s cute pictures of their babies, but not enough time to get caught up in seeing other things people are doing.
And so, what can you do to not be the landowners? What can you do to stop looking at everyone else and then to just be grateful for what you have? Focus on what the Lord has given you, and you will be amazed by all the blessings in your life.
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.
When is a moment you told God "it is not fair"? Go back to the moment and take it to prayer.
What blessings has God given you? Thank Him for them.
How can you thank the Lord today?
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.
"Help me be grateful Lord."
"Count my blessings."
"Banish my jealousy."
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?
For the next week each night share what you are grateful for with one person. This person can be your accountability partner. See how sharing what you are grateful for can change you.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Majernik, a non-profit worker who lives with her husband and puppy in central Illinois.
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