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).
Recently, I was making some art.
Okay fine. I was playing with play-doh with my 2 year old who is definitely better with play-doh with me. And then after play-doh we went to some legos, and luckily I can still hang with him in that. It was an enjoyable because watching the joy of a toddler as they take one thing and make it look like something else is pretty amazing.
After all, it's a cool thing, right? Dreaming up something that we want to see and then doing something to make it happen is cool! There is something inherent to us that gets pleasure out of seeing our work pay off in something that has been created.
This joy of creation in us comes from the fact that when we create we reflect something of the Creator, the One who created us and created everything in the world. In today's letter to the Hebrews, we are reminded that the universe was ordered by the Word of God and that through this Word what is visible came into being from the invisible.
We've likely heard this idea before, but it's still crazy and worth pausing on: it was out of nothing that God made everything. The entirety of the world came out of the free gift of love of God and came into existence because he, in his infinite creativity, crafted everything in the entire world from the tallest mountains to the tiniest molecules.
It is in this world, the world created and imagined and sustained and loved by the God who can make everything—from the stars to the sea and to the farthest reaches of the universe—that we come to the realization in today's reading that faith is the realization of what is hoped for. For the God who created everything has for us all good things to give, and it is when we come to faith in him, to true trust and confidence in the Creator, that we encounter all that it is we've hoped for. In him we find joy, hope, peace, confidence, redemption, and ultimately eternal life.
Faith doesn't mean simply shutting down our reason and dreaming something to be true; rather it is a response to the ordered world to see the one who brings it into order. Faith doesn't mean believing in something and then having all of our problems go away; no, suffering will still exist and pain is still real. Faith is, rather, the realization that all I am longing for is found in the God brings all things into order, and if I trust in Him and place my life in His hands in faith I know that I will find eternal happiness, and be who I was ordered to be from the beginning.
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 are your biggest blocks to having true faith in God right now?
In the depths of your heart, what do you long for? Speak to God in this moment the prayers that you have spoken repeatedly and the deep prayers that you may have never had the courage or taken the time to verbalize.
Where in the world around you do you see God most clearly?
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.
"Jesus I trust in You."
"Give me deeper faith."
"You are the Creator of all things."
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?
Do something today to take in the joy of the created world. Maybe spend time with people who are a gift to you. Maybe go for a walk or take some time to take in nature. Maybe you moderately enjoy some good food or dessert. Whatever it is, take time to simply enjoy God's creation and thank him for it.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jason Theobald, Executive Director of Carpe Verbum.
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