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).
When you hear Jesus describe the upcoming journey for his disciples, you may think it sounds super intense. And uncomfortable. It might not be how the disciples imagined they'd be spending their days. Going to towns without money, clothes or shoes is not so glamorous. But it might not be glam, but it is important. The here and now is important. The Lord told his disciples to, "go on your way." It was go time for them.
And the right here and now is our go time. It is our time to be the laborers in the harvest. Often times, we get so caught up in the future. We think about test scores, colleges, vocations, and all the things we might be called to do in the future. In the midst of this, we can forget that God isn't just calling us to minister and proclaim His truth in the future. He's calling us to do it now. "The Kingdom of God is at hand." Like right now. And it is important. You are important.
At the beginning of the passage, The Lord follows His "go on your way" line with , "I am sending you like lambs among wolves." Ouch. Yeah-this might be not so fun or easy. He continues to say that some people won't receive you well. Again, not so cool. But in the midst of that, He talks about peace. The peace that will come to you and to those who receive you.
God's peace surpasses understanding. It's what calls people out of themselves and into the labor. It is what called the rich man to leave behind his possessions, and it is what has called saint after saint to radically change their lives to follow Jesus. We need not fear the labor or the work He is calling us to do.
You might feel lost along the way, but you can cling to the Lord who sent you. And He does not send us to labor alone. If you look back at the very start of the Gospel today, it says that the Lord sent them in pairs. Not alone. The Lord sent them with a buddy because the He knew that the road may not be easy. But when we travel it side by side with someone else who has heard the Lord's voice, we find that our feet can walk more steadily. You may know who that buddy is in your life. If you don't know who that is, ask the Lord to reveal the person He wants you to travel with. Ask Him to bring someone into your life. It's go time, friends.
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 is the Lord calling you to labor and do His work today?
Who do you think God has put in your life to help you in your work? How can you grow in your relationship with them?
How can you follow the Lord's voice with others today?
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.
"Lord, you are Good."
"Lord, I will follow You."
"Lord, help me work for 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?
Today spend time in prayer asking God how you can do His work today. Knowing that you arrant alone, reach out to a friend to help you in your journey to seek and serve the Lord.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Megan Kramer, a parishioner at St. Mary's Parish in Huntley, IL.