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).
This passage of St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians is so beautiful. Paul writes to the Ephesians telling them that he never stops giving thanks to Jesus Christ for them and their faith. Why? Because in that thanksgiving, he prays that God might reveal himself to the people in order to allow them to know him, and in knowing God they will be able to experience the inheritance won for them by Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection.
When is the last time you told a friend something like that?
What if you and I, in our friendships, family relationships, and other relationships in our life genuinely prayed for that same kind of thing that St. Paul is saying in this letter? What if the main goal of each of our friendships was genuinely an encounter with Him who has placed all things under his feet as he sits in glory?
In reality, this is the goal of every relationship we have, it's just not always one we realize. The point of community, the point of friendship, the point of all relationship is that we lead one another to Jesus. And then, when those around us move towards Jesus, we rejoice, we give thanks, we celebrate.
Let's celebrate one another on our journey towards Jesus, letting every relationship we have push us closer and closer to the hope that belongs to the call of knowing Jesus.
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 do your friendships compare with the one St. Paul has with the Ephesians here?
In what ways can you challenge those who are your friends in their relationship with Jesus and let them challenge you?
What is one way God is calling you today to pause and allow him to take you deeper into relationship with him and the hope that comes from following him?
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."
"I give you thanks."
"Lead me to deeper friendship."
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 the example of St. Paul today and tell a friend who you have a good, positive relationship with why you are thankful for them. Seek out a friend or two who you know is seeking Jesus in their faith and affirm them in that, and invite them to challenge you in your own faith as well.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jason Theobald, Executive Director of Carpe Verbum.
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