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).
There’s a beautiful song in the musical Hamilton called “That Would Be Enough.” After reading today’s Gospel passage, I just couldn’t get those words to stop repeating in my head over and over again after reading. “That would be enough.” One of the characters is begging her husband, Hamilton, to let her into his life and to let the life that they have together “be enough” for him. Hamilton was constantly looking to the next thing and was self-proclaimed to “never be satisfied.”
It leads me to ponder the request of Philip in this passage. He asks Jesus to show him the Father because “that would be enough for us.” What does Philip believe about Jesus in this moment? Philip wants more; he doesn’t quite understand the truth about who Jesus is, about who God is. Then I turn to myself. What would be my “Philip” question to Jesus? What would Jesus need to do for me so that I would believe? What would be enough for me?
I sat with that question for awhile and thought about my own life. I have so often put limits on God and told God who He is-instead of the other way around. How many times have I cried out to the Lord, “if you would only let me pass this test, then I would be all yours!" or "If you would give me this job promotion, then I would believe you are a good God.” But when I do this, I am totally Philip, and Jesus is directing me to this Gospel passage.
I need to turn my heart away from what God can do for me and towards a true relationship with Jesus. Jesus says that “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” We can trust Jesus. He is a trustworthy God. That is who He is. We can cast all our cares onto Him, and we can ask Him to come into every moment of our lives. When He says, “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it,” it isn’t like a genie who will give us whatever we want to satisfy us.
When I go to the Lord and ask Him for something, I have faith in His resurrection and in His mercy. I need to change my thinking. Instead of putting limits on God and figuring out what would be enough for me to trust God, I can look at what God has been doing in my life. He reveals so much to me every day. I just need to stop and look at how He has been there with me step by step in my life.
When I cry out to God to help me as I’m desperately studying for an exam, I’m not giving Him an ultimatum. Not an if you do this, then ______ relationship. I’m bringing Jesus into the place in my life I need Him to draw closer. He is already there, but when I call to Him, He delights! When I let him into my life and allow Him to show me who He truly is, I find a merciful, loving Father who never leaves. And that is a beautiful, calming reality. Jesus is more than enough for us. And when we can start to see just how much He loves us, our hearts will overflow.
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.
What's the question you are asking God that would be "enough" for you?
When you pray, are you giving God an ultimatum? Or do you approach him as a loving, merciful Father who would truly cares about your needs?
In your life right now, where is God moving? How is he showing you that he is enough for 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.
"You are enough."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"I am yours."
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?
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer during coronavirus:
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