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).
Have you ever decided to do a job or a task and not felt like you can accomplish it? It’s not an easy feeling to know that it may be hard to follow through on what you’ve chosen to do. Maybe it’s a diet, a workout regimen, the decision to wake up earlier or to study more. Whatever it is, the pressure of choosing something thinking you’re capable of doing and then doubting if you can follow through can be crippling and disheartening. But even in the face of that pressure, you have to try and you have to give it an honest effort because you chose to do it.
If you’re someone who is filled with self-doubt, this is a nightmare situation. If you lack even an ounce of confidence, the first thing to enter your brain is, “I can’t do this.” I don’t know if you’re like me at all, but there are times when I feel this way about my relationship with Jesus. There are times when I get so overwhelmed with life, stress, worry, or even my own sinful desires, when I look to God and simply say, “sorry, you’ve got the wrong guy.” I run through the decisions I’ve made to be a follower of Jesus and I wonder what the heck I was thinking, because if we’re being honest, the Christian life is hard. It’s filled with tasks and expectations that demand a lot of us: to live a moral life and uphold God’s commandments, to love others, even our enemies, to enter into a relationship with God through prayer (and daily prayer, at that), and to make Jesus the center of all our words, actions, and thoughts. That is no easy task, and it can be tempting to say, “I can’t do this.”
Today’s Gospel is a firm and loving reminder that you are capable. Let me say that again: you are capable of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
As we look at our lives in light of Jesus’ words today, we must come to the simple realization that can transform how we view a relationship with Jesus- it wasn’t us who chose him, but he who chose us. Jesus Christ chose you. He chose you to remain in his love, to follow his commandments, to be in a relationship with him! And in choosing you, he equipped you to be able to carry out every call and every desire he has for your life. In every hardship, in every moment of doubt, Jesus constantly cries out, “you can do this.”
So, today, in the midst of whatever circumstances make you doubt in yourself as a man or woman, as a student or friend, as a son or daughter, and even as a disciple of Jesus Christ, remember that it was the Lord who chose you to be exactly who you are, and that he is equipping you in every moment to be that person.
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 I struggle with self-doubt? How so?
How do I doubt in my abilities to follow Jesus?
In what ways is Jesus equipping me to follow him?
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.
"Thank you for choosing me."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"I can do this."
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?
Make one resolution today to grow in your relationship with Jesus, or even just a resolution to grow personally. Ask Jesus for the grace to follow-through with your decision and start working to accomplish it.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Adam Smyth, the Life Teen Coordinator at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in the Woodlands, TX.
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