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).
I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about the Gospel from today’s Thanksgiving Day mass. And I’m tempted to try and convey all of them to you. But, alas, I’m only allotted 300-500 words so I’ve narrowed it down to that which I feel the Lord most wants you to know today, and it’s this: God wants to do absurdly big, massive, gargantuan, unbelievable things in and through your life. And, even more than that, he wants you to expect him to do absurdly big, massive, gargantuan, unbelievable things in and through your life because it is through that expectant faith that these things will come to be.
There were a lot of words in that so allow me to explain.
In today’s Gospel reading, we read about the Lord miraculously healing ten lepers. Now, that in and of itself, is a pretty big thing for God to do. These men that had previously been exiled from society were now allowed to reenter, these men who previously had no future available to them other than shame and poverty, were now given the opportunity for a happy and full life. And for nine of the lepers that kind of big thing was good enough. They were satisfied to just receive the miracle of physical healing.
But there was one leper who knew better. He knew that the one who could heal his leprosy, had so much more to offer. And so he returned to the Lord, he gave thanks, and it was that thanksgiving that preceded an even more radical miracle, one that offered so much more than just a physical transformation. You see, the physical miracle allowed the lepers to rejoin their earthly communities, but the miracle that the Lord worked in the life of the one thankful leper, granted him communion with the Eternal God. Did you catch that? I’m going to repeat it again just in case you didn’t. The one leper that approached the Lord with expectant faith, knowing that he was truly a God of miracles, was invited into COMMUNION WITH THE ETERNAL GOD. That’s huge! That’s so much bigger than the kinda big healing of leprosy; that’s absurdly big, massive, gargantuan, unbelievable type stuff!
And my dear friends, my wonderful, amazing, easily unimpressed, quick-to-attribute-miracles-to-the-God-we-see-in-Scripture-and-to-forget-that-the-same-God-exists-and-is-moving-in-our-lives-today friends; God wants to do even bigger things in and through your life. And how do I know that? I’m so glad you asked. You see that miracle of communion that the Lord worked in the heart of the thankful leper (that crazy, gargantuan miracle) - the Lord’s already worked that in you. By virtue of your Baptism you are welcomed into communion with the Eternal God. And if that, my friends, is our starting point, I cannot even imagine what else the Lord is going to do!
And so my prayer for us today is that we would stop timidly asking for small things from the Lord and that we would start giving him permission to perform gargantuan, earth-shattering miracles in our lives. Because our God, He’s a God of miracles.
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.
Do you expect God to do absurdly big, massive, gargantuan, unbelievable things in and through your life? With expectant faith, are you asking for big miracles?
Knowing that the same God who healed the lepers and invited the thankful into communion with Him is also in communion with you, how does that change the way you approach God in prayer? How does it change your expectations of His response to your prayers?
What miracle do you ask of God today? What miracles are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?
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 trust in you."
"Thank you, 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?
Today, take some time to appreciate the fact that God wants to work absurdly big, massive, gargantuan, unbelievable things in and through your life. In prayer, make your petitions with boldness and expectant faith, and contemplate all the miracles that God has already worked in your life. Above all, give Him thanks.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lauren Wright, a Youth Minister in Rockford, IL.
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