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).
So far this Lent, I’ve been better (though not quite perfect) about not hitting the snooze button 12 or more times each morning, I’ve been diving deeper into Scripture, particularly the Acts of the Apostles, and yet, I can’t say I’ve exactly felt much of a difference. If you feel like you have been struggling through Lent so far and haven’t been seeing much fruit yet, don’t lose hope!
In this season of Lent, we are called to cultivate the ground around us and fertilize it, so that we may see the fruit it bears at Easter. Like the fig tree in today’s Gospel, our Lenten practices are not meant to exhaust the soil of our hearts, but are meant to replenish the soil and allow it to bring forth new life at Easter. In Lent, we deeply experience the cross and the death that we know is necessary in order to come to new life with Christ.
Our Lenten practices, though objectively good, are not meant to be ends in and of themselves. They are meant to cultivate our hearts and prepare us to receive the rich fruits coming at Easter. While in the desert, it can be hard to believe that it’s possible for any fruit to grow in such conditions. This Lent might feel like it has already been three years long, but give it time. Give this Lent a chance to bear fruit in your life.
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.
Are you growing through your Lenten practices? Why or why not?
Would you grow more spiritually if your Lenten practices changed or if you changed your disposition? Why?
How can you be more open, so this Lent can bear more fruit in your life?
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.
"Here I am, Lord."
"I love you God."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
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 seriously look at the openness of your heart. Find ways to make your heart less of a desert so you the fig tree of faith can grow better. Give God the chance to do great things during Lent in your heart by preparing your heart for Him.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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