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 Gospel today gives me so much hope. Just last Sunday we heard “be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect,” and even though Jesus is talking about a different kind of perfection, that can still sound kind of daunting.
Today we hear and see Jesus reaching out to the very imperfect. This is where I often see myself, because I know how limited and flawed I am. I see my sickness and my sin, even if I hide it well from others. But today Jesus tells us that He has come specifically for me; the sick and sinful. So often we feel like we need to be perfect to pray or to be close to God. We try to fix all of our problems on our own so we can seem holy and healthy in his eyes. Jesus tells us that is like waiting until you are healthy to see a doctor.
It sounds kind of ridiculous when we look at it that way.
Yes, we go to the doctor when we are healthy for check-ups and whatnot, but really, the time we need to see a doctor most is when something is wrong, when we are sick. We would never try and wait until we heal on our own before we go in, just to be presentable to a doctor. This is true too for our Lord! He is the Divine Physician and He can heal any ailment in our lives. But He is not pushy. He waits for us to invite Him to help.
A doctor cannot help us if we do not see them or tell them what is wrong. If I broke my leg, but I only told my doctor about my cold, I would never get my leg fixed. We need to come to God and be honest with him. We cannot hide our sin from Him because just like a doctor cannot heal an ailment we don’t tell Him about, God won’t fix the sin in our lives until we give it to Him. He has given us free will, such an incredible gift, but it means we have to be vulnerable, because He won’t force us to tell Him.
So this Lent, don’t wait until you are healthy to see the doctor. Don’t wait until you are sinless to receive mercy and grace from the forgiver of sin. God is the remedy for sin; don’t fool yourself thinking you can overcome it on your own. God doesn’t mind your brokenness, He came to fix it. Be humble. Be vulnerable. Be healed this Lent. Let him perfect and heal you instead of trying to do it all yourself.
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.
What are the areas of your life where there is brokenness into which you want to invite Jesus right now?
How have you found yourself – right now or in the past – hiding something from God when all he wants to do is heal that thing?
This Lent, what are the things you're bringing to the Lord in a particular way?
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.
"You are the doctor."
"You can heal all wounds."
"Heal me, oh Lord."
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?
Either go to confession today or make a plan for when you'll go – at least once – during this Lent. Confession is the perfect place for the Lord's healing to take place; go there!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sean Norris, a theology teacher at JSerra Catholic High School in Orange County, CA.
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