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).
I know I’m a little late to the game, but I recently started listening to the audiobook version of Marie Kondo’s novel and self-help book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, in her self-help book and now Netflix series, Marie Kondo is the new “master” at helping people tidy up, declutter, and organize their lives, all based on what “sparks joy.”
While I find her methods interesting but not necessarily applicable or meaningful for me personally, I am amazed by how much people desire to learn from her and their testimonies of how her words, teachings, and advice have changed their lives. Indirectly, she has empowered people and helped them find purpose, all centered around decluttering and organizing their possessions and living space.
As I reflect on her exponentially-growing following, I find myself wondering, how much do we desire the words of God, particularly THE Word of God? Today’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom states, “Desire therefore my words; long for them and you shall be instructed.” I think as a culture we see someone with a seemingly revolutionary and life-changing idea, and we all want to latch on to it. Yet when we read the Word of God, it challenges us in a way that is very difficult for some people to desire to follow. Marie Kondo even speaks of people who try her methods but inevitably fail when they don’t see the task all the way through. Similarly, we must see our task of discipleship and taking up the Word of God all the way through to the end of our lives.
Only God can spark true joy in our hearts, and if we want to declutter and reorganize our lives, we must start with our soul first. The Word of God is the original “self-help” book, and we should never lose sight of that because our Lord knows best how to help us. Desire the Word of God and God’s help first and everything else will fall into place.
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 desire God's words? Do I desire a relationship with God?
Is there something I am currently desiring more than the Word God or someone I am listening to more than God Himself?
How will I latch on to the Word of God?
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.
"Desire God's Word."
"Word of God lead me."
"Lord bring joy to my soul."
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?
Consider what you truly desire, and take up the Word of God with renewed vigor.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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