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).
Today's first reading isn’t just about the Israelites, about what God is doing for them. However this isn’t just about us either, about how we can see ourselves in the Israelites. We are the Israelites. The promises God is making to the Israelites, God is making to you.
We are the children of Israel from today’s first reading, and we are in the midst of purification. God, in His infinite mercy, brings us back to Him even in our sin. God delivers us from all our sins, cleansing us so that we may be God’s people.
His servant David was prince over the Israelites, paralleling Christ as prince over us. Christ fulfills the role of David in this passage, driving even deeper the message that we are the Israelites in today’s reading. God promises the Israelites, and therefore us as well, that “His dwelling shall be with them”. God dwells in the midst of His people out of nothing but love and compassion for them.
Do you believe this? Do you trust Him? Do you let Him love you?
You may say yes, but do your actions line up with this? Do you take time for prayer, taking care to set aside more time when needed rather than rushing through it or not fully dedicating yourself to prayer? Do you take time to do things slowly, looking for Christ’s presence in your day to day life? Do you sit with God in silence, letting Him love you?
Reread God’s promises to the Israelites. These are the promises God makes to you directly. This isn’t a metaphor: this is real.
Next week we celebrate Holy Week. Is your heart ready? Are you open to the promises God is giving you? Or are you still trying to do everything by yourself, not confident God will provide for you?
Let God keep His promises in you. Let God use you to fulfill His promises to others. Let God love you, fulfilling the promises He made both to the Israelites and to you.
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 does it mean to you that God dwells with you? Do you trust his nearness, love, and compassion? When or why is that difficult for you to trust?
Do you slow down in your schedule enough to see and notice God's presence in your day to day life? If you look back at your calendar, is there time set aside to be with God and talk to him?
What are you going to do this Holy Week in order to enter more deeply into this celebration of the Lord's Passion, Death, and Resurrection? How can you set aside time and change the way you live this week in order to make room to encounter God more deeply?
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 our Savior."
"I trust in You."
"Your promises are true."
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?
Spend some time today – maybe journaling or going for a walk outside – reflecting on the graces of Lent up until now and letting God show you how he wants to move in your heart and life in a special way this next week and into the Easter season.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Tatiana Schaffer, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Engineering and Psychology.
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