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).
It can be tough to physically see God, but it’s not tough to see the love He surrounds us with. We can often see God’s love where we least expect it.
Since my wife and I got a puppy last year, I’ve learned a new perspective on unconditional love. I’ve gotten a new understanding on patience and how my anger can spark moments of reflection. Raising an animal has its share of ups and downs. Sure, there are times when he’s not on his best behavior, but no matter how much he tests my patience, all is forgotten soon after. It’s remarkable how quick a dog can forgive and forget.
It’s a direct reflection of how God sees us. To Him, the moments we disobey are fleeting. God is always willing to forgive. He never holds a grudge. Today’s responsorial psalm highlights the Lord’s reluctance to anger. We’re invited to open our hearts and do the same.
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.
Who or what is testing my patience today?
Where do I see God's love today?
Who do I need to forgive?
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.
"The Lord is gracious."
"The Lord is merciful."
"The Lord is slow to anger."
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?
Ask the Lord to reveal to you one person whom you need to forgive or be more patient with.
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