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).
Not that you would remember, but a few months ago I wrote a meditation talking about how I have been struggling in my own life with whether or not I am a good Christian or just a good person. What makes this struggle so difficult for me is that I am a middle school Religion teacher that spends just about every day talking about the Lord, Faith, and a personal relationship with God, and you have to understand that in an environment like that it is very easy for your faith to become work. It seems like an oxymoron, but sometimes when you spend your whole day talking about the Lord it can actually be hard to want to talk to Him on my own time. This brings me to today’s first reading. I think this reading was really an answer to prayer, because it brings to our attention what is really important.
I want to look at the line that states: “those who have faith are children of Abraham”. This would be a profound and very important truth for both Jews and Gentiles during this time to hear. St. Paul is saying that it doesn’t matter who you are; if you have faith in Christ, you are a child of Abraham. As you may know, when God established his covenant with Abraham he told him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. So when St. Paul calls all people of faith Children of Abraham, what he is saying is that everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ is among the people of God.
When I read this it made me realize that what makes someone a good Christian as opposed to just being a good person, is authentic faith in Jesus Christ. This is something that I think I have been neglecting from my own life. I have spent plenty of time talking about faith and encouraging others to grown in faith, but I don’t know what I have been doing to grow or build my own faith. I have just been doing what I have always done, which isn’t bad, but it is not really pushing me to greater holiness either. If you are like me and are sick of just being good enough, then we need to be actively pursuing greater faith by praying everyday that the Lord would give us greater faith in him.
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 have I been doing to intentionally grow my relationship with the Lord?
Am I fine with just being 'good enough' for the Lord? Or am I willing and ready to go above and beyond?
What kind of effort am I putting into my prayer life to sacrifice time that I'm giving to other things like social media, sports, texting, Netflix, movies, etc.?
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 want to love you more."
"I want to know you more."
"I want to trust you more."
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 something new today in prayer that you've never done before. Maybe that's fasting from social media, maybe it's praying the Rosary or the Divine Mercy Chaplet, maybe it's sitting in silence for 10 minutes, maybe it's reading a spiritual book, maybe it's finding a new novena.
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