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).
"How long will I be with you?"
What a story we have in today's Gospel. This man runs up to Jesus, kneels down before him, and pleads healing for his son. In the midst of that healing, he says something that we could miss on our first read but Jesus certainly does not miss:
"I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him."
Jesus is clearly, audibly frustrated here by what he is seeing out of his disciples. Why is he so frustrated? Without daring to try and fully understand the mind of our Lord, it seems pretty obvious that at least some of his frustration comes in the reality that they are missing something fundamental to the experience of Christianity and what he is trying to convey to them. Of course, I think you and I probably miss it sometimes to.
What's that reality?
As baptized believers, we have been consecrated into sons and daughters of the Father, chosen by him despite our sinful nature. In that relationship as sons and daughters, we have been given power in the Holy Spirit to see miraculous things happen. Elsewhere in Scripture (John 14:12), Jesus promises the disciples that they'll see greater miracles than even he performed done through them.
Do you and I believe that? I mean honestly – do you and I believe that the Holy Spirit given to us is enough to see, right here and now in 2020, miracles worked in and through us greater than anything that happened when Jesus, God himself, walked the earth?
If we don't, then we should work on that, because it was his promise to us. When Jesus speaks a word over our lives it's true and we can believe. In today's Gospel, he speaks a very concrete word:
"if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you.”
and we can believe that word, because our God is a man of his word. Trust in him, believe in him, and then live in the reality and the power that comes from being his child.
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 that God can and will work great miracles through you? If no, what holds you back from that belief?
What are some of the miracles – external things and internal things – you've seen in your life?
What are things in your heart right now that might feel like they need a miraculous outcome where you are trusting God to do a miracle right now?
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.
"Come, Holy Spirit."
"I believe I will see greater things."
"You are a miracle-worker."
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?
Begin today praying for a miracle if you're facing a situation that seems impossible. Look for concrete moments where you can entrust that situation with the Lord, inviting those in your family or friends who are dealing with the same situation to pray boldly with you for God's miraculous action.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jason Theobald, Executive Director of Carpe Verbum.
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