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).
For you. These words shout out to me from today's first reading. The Lord says, "I will rain down bread from heaven for you." When people give each other gifts or cards, many times it'll say, "just for you." The person giving the gift thought of you so much and this gift was made or given just for you. It's such a beautiful thought. I think that's why I love gift giving so much. It's not at all about the gift itself. The idea that someone thought of me and wanted to give something to me makes my heart fill up.
In the first reading, the Israelites are doing something I'm very familiar with: whining. They are complaining about the mess they are in and how hard their lives are. They are whining about their situation. But even though they are whining, God gives them gift of manna from heaven. He rained down bread for them.
And He will rain down bread for you too. But it probably won't look like manna. God gave the people in the desert what they needed when they needed it. "In the morning, you shall have your fill so you may know that I, the Lord, am your God." The Lord sent this gift for the people. Their bodies needed a reminder that God was thinking of them and providing for them-even when they felt lost and abandoned. There have been many times in my life where I feel down or alone. To be honest, at those times, I was doing a lot of whining. But even in the midst of this, the Lord will surprise me. He will rain down a sort of manna in my life. He will do something that will make me think "for you". Megan, this is just for you. For example, when I was a super duper pregnant lady, I wanted new leggings. But it just wasn't in the budget to get brand new leggings. As I walked through Aldi (yes, the food store), I saw a pack of leggings in my exact size for $10. I stopped and smiled. I felt like the Lord had placed them there just for me. I've never seen them before and never again. For you, Megan. Seemed so silly and small, but it made me feel God's presence in my life.
No matter where I am in my life, in a desert, mountaintop, or Aldi, I can lean on the goodness of God. I can turn to Him with a grateful heart for all the ways He provides for my needs. Today, I remember all the times the Lord looks down on me in love and says, "For you."
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 has God provided something just for you? Thank Him for it today.
What do you complain to God about? How does He patiently listen to you?
How can you keep your grateful heart turned to the Lord?
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.
"I am the Lord your God."
"The Lord rains His love down for me."
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?
Today, write God a thank you note. Tell Him thank you for the many gifts He has given to you, and pray with all the times He gave you a gift.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Megan Kramer, a parishioner at St. Mary's Parish in Huntley, IL.
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