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).
Jesus calls his disciples together and from them chooses the 12 Apostles. As I was reading today’s Gospel, I thought of those disciples who were not picked to be part of the Twelve, and I wondered how they felt. We don’t know exactly how many of them there were, but presumably, there were a few of them that “didn’t make the cut.”
I think it can be easy to look at people in leadership positions or special roles and feel not good enough in comparison to them. We may even begin to doubt ourselves. It can hurt to not be chosen, and sometimes that hurt includes feelings of rejection, whether it’s a position on student council at school, a position on a peer ministry team at church, or a spot on a sports team after tryouts.
But with Jesus, we have to remember that we are never forgotten, that we too are still known by name. The names we read about in Scripture are not the only names destined for greatness. You, too, are destined to be named among the Apostles and saints.
God raises up men (and women) not to show their superiority over us but to lead us and help us develop our potential as leaders too. The names of these men are meant to spur us on towards greatness. Their stories are not meant to be showcases of their accomplishments but reminders of how the grace of God can work in our lives as well.
If you feel left out or find yourself comparing yourself to others, ask Jesus to bring people into your life that spur you on towards greatness, and pray that you may become that person for other people as well.
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.
Where do I find myself prone to comparison?
Who are leaders or individuals that I look up to?
How can I become the kind of person that reflects Christ and that people look up to?
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 am made for greatness."
"I am good."
"I am loved."
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?
Affirm the people in your life that you see doing great things for God, others, and themselves.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Super, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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