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).
In today’s Gospel, I am reminded that I know that I don’t know what I know. Quite a mouthful, right?! Let’s explain this.
The Gospel for today is Jesus speaking to the crowds about predicting what will happen and how we can think our assumptions are correct. He gives the example of how we predict the weather based on us literally looking up. The Lord uses this opportunity to exhort the crowds with a reminder that just because we may think rain or a storm is on the way, doesn’t always mean we can be 100% right. The Lord says, “You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”
At first glance, I was bothered by this question, because, well I don’t always know what to do in the present moments. Sometimes I just don’t have thoughts or conclusions, and I am just going about my day pretty much in a daze.
Then it hit me- this question can be followed by another question: Do I give Jesus my little everyday present moments? Am I trying to take control of my moments? Do I talk to Him and TRUST my unknown seconds, minutes, and days to Him? Or am I too busy trying to predict what will come of my day, week, or year?
It is important to obviously be responsible and plan the best we can for school, jobs, and lives with friends and family. However, it can become overwhelming to assume we are right in knowing what is best for us. That’s the Good News!
Jesus wants to reveal all of the moments He has for us, but He does ask for our trust in return. He is not interested in seeing a PowerPoint presentation I have made of my life that is so tight knit that there is no room for His plans, His promises, or His surprises! It can be easy to think that God is just along for the ride as someone for us to talk to while we drive our destiny in our own control.
So, we know that really- we don’t know what will come of our lives because it is not only up to us! Let’s try to change our thoughts into God being the driver, He is right and only wants our goodnss, we can surrender and we won’t be disappointed to be along for the ride. What we think to be true about our future, is not always so, but let’s work on interpreting this present time: You are talking and listening to the Lord and responding to His words of love in action for TODAY!
Step #3: Oratio / Prayer
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 give Jesus my little everyday present moments?
Am I trying to take control of my moments?
Do I talk to Him and TRUST my unknown seconds, minutes, and days to Him? Or am I too busy trying to predict what will come of my day, week, or year?
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 trust you, Lord."
"Your plans are good."
"I am giving you my unknowns."
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?
Take a moment to give the Lord all of the unknowns of your future: where you'll go to college, what job you'll have, who you'll marry, what religious community you'll join, who you'll eat lunch with today. Instead, trust in His plan and His promise for Today! You might find this prayer helpful by Thomas Merton.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katy Praetzel, a worship leader in Pittsburgh, PA.
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