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).
Immediately upon praying with today’s second reading, I was struck by the fact that St. Paul uses the word “courageous” to describe the kind of disposition we as Christians must strive to have during our time in this life. I think it stood out to be me because, if I’m being honest, when I look around at myself and my fellow Christians, “courageous” is not necessarily the word I would use to describe what I see. Lukewarm or, on our good days, committed maybe, but not courageous; at least not in the way that St. Paul must have meant it.
I mean here’s a man who, alongside the other Apostles and disciples, risked his life everyday to share the Good News of God’s love with those around him. And then here we are, often too consumed with what’s going on in our daily lives that we don’t have time to share the Gospel with others; or, even worse, don’t have time to share our hearts with God.
And as I was praying through this contrast between my faith and the faith of St. Paul, I felt the Lord speak to my heart: “The only difference between you and St. Paul is that he trusted me.”
(Talk about a mic drop moment, am I right?)
But this really shook be because I realized that the key to living a courageous life isn’t the type of personality you have, it doesn’t have to do with what time we live in, or with how old or pious we are. The key to living a courageous life is trust. It’s that simple.
St. Paul, along with all of the saints were able to be courageous because they intentionally and specifically trusted the Lord. It can seem so hard to be bold, to take a step out in sharing the Gospel with those around us, as least it does to me. But when I trust that God is the one in control, that he can and does make everything work for the good of those who love Him, it’s easy to be brave; because when I trust the Lord, I let him do the heavy lifting.
So today let’s ask the Lord to deepen our trust in him, that we might have the courage to be bold in his name.
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.
When you think of having courage, what does it mean to you? How often would you describe yourself on a regular basis as courageous?
In moments when you aren't courageous, what is the reason?
How can you grow in your trust in God? What are some of the opportunities He gives you to trust that you could take advantage of in order to grow in your trust?
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.
"Give me trust."
"I trust in You."
"You are enough."
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 chance today to step out in trust. Do something that you know God is asking of you, something that is difficult, even if you don't necessarily feel the courage to do that. Ask God for trust, and step out in boldness in that trust.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lauren Wright, a Youth Minister in Rockford, IL.