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).
"For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to the light."
In a lot of ways, that line in today's gospel is INTENSE. For people who have grown up in a world that is hyper focused on our individual freedoms and rights, the fact that Jesus is saying that literally everything we say or do will one day come to light is a pretty direct shot.
Why does Jesus say that?
Jesus is speaking in this gospel about the reality of what it means to live as a Christian. You and I, by the grace of our baptism, have been made heirs to salvation and become adopted sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father.
That's. a. big. deal.
Based on that reality, as adopted children of the Father, you and I have been given grace, the very life of God which now lives inside of us. This is the light Jesus is talking about, meant not to be hidden but to shine forth. In a world that so often throughout all of history – with our time certainly not being an exception – has been a mess, this light is vital to God's love being poured forth into people's lives.
But what do we do with that light? We hide it. Specifically, we hide and obscure that light by thinking that as long as we're careful, as long as we hide our sin well, as long as nobody gets hurt (or at least not too many people), than a little sin here or there is okay. Yeah maybe I technically shouldn't do that thing or say that thing or think that thing, but nobody is getting hurt so it's fine.
It's not fine. And for you and I who are reading this reflection, those of us taking the time to pray, those of us who are the ones who have been given much and therefore will have much expected of us, it's even more important that we realize it's not fine. Nothing that we do is hidden because God our Father is with us in each moment, loving us, caring for us, and calling us to greater things.
When we became adopted children of the Father we had an eternal inheritance promised to us. Our job is to choose to accept that inheritance, not let the flame of love that brings us salvation die out in the darkness of our sin.
Return to confession. Return to the Lord. Let him love you, care for you, and re-ignite in you the fire of faith that you had when you first met him. Run the race well, seeking holiness not just when you're being seen but in each moment, for you were made to be holy, one set apart for a purpose.
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.
"For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to the light." What does Jesus want you to take from this Gospel?
How are you hiding the light of Christ?
When is the last time you made a good Confession? When can you go to confession?
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, help me see the light."
"Lord I need you."
"Where do I need your light?"
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?
During the month of September, we ask that each day, for the Action step of our lectio divina, everyone prays a Divine Mercy Chaplet together for the healing of all victims of clerical abuse of any kind as well as for the healing and guidance of our Church.
For more information on why we are doing this action step and a simple lock screen or how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, click here.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jason Theobald, Executive Director of Carpe Verbum.
If you have anything you'd like our team to pray for, please go to the page of our website called "Prayers" and let us know how we can pray for you today.