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 ask the Lord for a lot of things, but if I truly could only ask for one thing, I often wonder what I would actually ask for. And if I can think of that one thing, I often wonder what lengths I would be willing to go for it. In today's Gospel, we meet a woman who is determined. She comes to the Lord and cries out to Him with a grave need, not for herself but for her daughter. The Canaanite woman is not afraid of rejection or driven away by shame when at first her prayer is not answered. I know I often feel unworthy to come to the Lord with such a large request or prayer, but as the Canaanite woman and her daughter experienced, the Lord is never outdone in His generosity.
No one is excluded from the mercy and goodness of God. That is what Jesus proves to us in today's Gospel. Even the dogs, the lowest of the low, will still receive from the master's table. May our faith be as big and bold and determined as the Canaanite woman.
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.
Where in my life are shame and fear holding me back?
Where do I need to persevere and be more determined in my prayer?
Who do I know that is in need of prayer?
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.
"I will put my trust in you alone."
"I will not be shaken."
"I am determined."
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?
Be determined with the Lord and bold in your prayer. Do not be driven away by shame or fear if your prayer is not answered immediately or seems to be rejected.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Assistant Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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