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).
Behind every person who calls on the name of the Lord is someone (often several someone’s) who shared the good news of the Gospel. Although we each walk our unique paths to holiness and union with God alone, we are all connected in the journey.
I invite you now to pause and consider the person or various people in your life that have played some kind of role in how you got to where you are at in your faith.
To know you are reading this, I am confident that you can think of at least one person. For me, I have already been blessed with so many wonderful people on my walk of faith. I also very specifically remember the first few people that brought me in and through my “major” conversion. Those people that came to mind for you, what was it about them? What did they do? What did they say?
Newsflash: You aren’t the end of the line. There are still more people in need of hearing the good news of the Gospel. I know for me that can be difficult to conceive since I am aware that many people know about God though, at the same time, don’t really know God.
I’m not proud to say this, but the older I have gotten, the less passionate I’ve become about evangelizing. I seemed to have settled in the comfortable and familiar. Even just today, hours ago, I had the perfect opportunity to share about my faith and to pose a question to a friend. However, looking back, I really was just trying to shimmy myself out of that responsibility in the moment rather than embrace the opportunity with trust and joy. But what if those people at the beginning of my path tried to shimmy their way out of that role too? If it’s not us – who know and love God our savior – who then will tell all those who have not yet heard and believed?
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.
Who are some of the people that helped bring you to faith? Take a few moments now and thank God for those people.
How are you being called right now to be bold and share your faith with others?
Who are some people in your life that God wants to show his love to through you?
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."
"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?
Share your faith directly today with someone – it doesn't have to be huge or in your face, but find a way to share about what you believe and why today with someone who might need to hear it.
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