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).
Today, in the midst of all that is swirling in the Church, it wasn’t the Gospel or the 1st reading that struck a chord with me, but rather this simple line from the Psalm. It’s funny how the simple words that sneak up on us can often have the greatest impact on our lives, especially in crazy times.
There are so many times when doubt creeps into my life. I find that I often get lost in the mundane parts of the spiritual life: pray, repent, repeat. It almost becomes mechanic for me. Time and again the Lord knocks me over the head to remind me that a relationship with him is a love affair and not just a formula. This line from the Psalm today did just that for me- reminding me of how the Lord is truly in control of my life.
Nothing that the Lord accomplishes in our world and in my life is by chance. It’s all part of the plan that he has for me, and that is a comforting thought. God is always, always faithful in his words. But what are those words? It’s insanely simple: whoever professes faith in Jesus Christ and lives as his disciple will find eternal life with the Father. Those simple words are the whole reason we live for Jesus Christ- so that we can find eternal joy living, as we were created to be, in eternal love with God. What blows my mind is that, “the Lord is faithful in all his words.” This means that if we truly fall in love with Jesus Christ and live our lives seeking him and living in his love, the Lord will be faithful in his word and draw us into eternal life with him.
In the midst of doubt, whatever it may look like or whenever it will come, we can rest assured in this simple, yet earth-shattering truth. God is always faithful and he will always come through for us. All we have to do is live in that fidelity and put our trust and our hope in the Lord and he will do the rest.
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.
How has the Lord been faithful in his words for me before?
In what ways do I find myself doubting the Lord right now?
How can I grow in trusting God and his promise of eternal life for me?
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."
"Thank you for being faithful in your words."
"Help me to live according to your promises."
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?
During the month of September, we ask that each day, for the Action step of our lectio divina, everyone prays a Divine Mercy Chaplet together for the healing of all victims of clerical abuse of any kind as well as for the healing and guidance of our Church.
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