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 might not know who you are, but I can say with absolute certainty that God loves you and that you are precious. The fact that you are here, that you exist, is because God wants you to. He wants you. Simple as that.
Yes, even in all of your brokenness, inadequacies, and sinfulness, God still wants you. He is the one that holds your soul/being in existence, hoping you’ll choose to spend eternity immersed in His sweet and perfect love. He is never going to give up on you and He will never walk away.
It is so important to keep this knowledge and awareness of God’s love and desire for us in the backbone of all that we think, say, and do. We were made from, for, and because of love. It is out of this love that we are called towards greatness and away from destruction. Just as the passage mentions, we are reminded of our sins and warned of their devastation little by little. God does this in ways that speak to each of us very personally, but we have to be open and receptive when these reminders come, careful not to make excuses or justifications.
As we each come to recognize the sins we struggle with and at what depth they are rooted in us, let us not take that awareness lightly. To be aware of the sins we commit is so important; how could we get rid of a debilitating weight if we don’t even notice that it’s there? Moreover, the further pulled down by a sin we become, the greater tendency there will be to continue being pulled down by other sins.
Be aware of the sins you commit, repent of them, and surround yourself in God’s loving and merciful embrace. Don’t be discouraged by a growing awareness of sin, but rather run to God and rejoice at the opportunity to be reconciled on a deeper level than before.
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 believe God wants/loves you? Why or why not?
How can you embrace and live in that love more today?
How can you be more mindful of your sins in a way that calls you to repentance instead of despair?
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 love You."
"Lord, have mercy."
"Christ, have mercy."
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?
Do a good examination of conscience today, and if needed, make sure you go to confession this week. Let that examination of conscience help you desire to be better, not fall into despair.
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