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).
"If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Today's Responsorial Psalm reminds us of the reality that God is still communicating to us. I sometimes think it stinks that I can't just call up God and talk to Him like I would a regular person. That way, I could get an immediate response from Him and maybe even get an explanation or two for some of the questions I have. However, God's ways of communication to us is actually way better than that, even if a nice phone call or texting conversation with God would seem easier. God is calling you, talking to you, showering His loving words down to you, answering your questions and giving you a road map of how to live a fulfilling and joyful life through the words of the Bible. He is talking you specifically in every chapter and verse, even though the passages were written thousands of years ago. Every word is a communication of His love and how He wants a relationship with you.
It takes faith, trust, hope, and prayer to see this reality. It can be hard, but He has given us the helps we need to do so. Jesus gives us the graces we need to open our hearts and hear His words. He comes to us in the Mass in a real and tangible way every time you go to church. He is always reaching out, and if you ask for his help to hear Him, He will. It might take some time to understand how He is communicating with you, what it is that He wants you to hear, but stick with it and be patient. God is always working and it's not always in the ways we expect.
Sometimes when things get hard, I harden my heart towards God. It's a struggle I have that I'm especially trying to work on this Lent. School has been stressful and the future seems uncertain and a little scary. But today's Psalm is one of the many constant reminders that true joy is in God. I don't need to stress or be worried, instead I need to offer my heart to God and let Him speak to my heart His words of love and salvation. How are we all to respond to God? The Psalm tells us "come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD... Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving." Even though we go through difficult and uncertain times, even if we cannot always tangibly hear God's voice, we still can always have joy and be thankful for all the blessings that surround us. We can be in His actual presence through the Eucharist and soak up those graces He has to offer.
Open your heart to God. Let go of your troubles and entrust them into His hands in prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize where/how God is communicating to you. And when you hear His voice, harden not you heart, but rejoice and be glad.
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 is hardening your heart from God? What do you need to offer Him or in what ways do you need to open up to Him in order to hear His voice?
Are you seeking to hear God's voice? Where have you heard Him speaking to your heart before, even if you did not know He was telling you something at the time?
What words do you think God is trying to communicate to you? What do you need to hear from Him?
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.
"Open my heart, Lord."
"I want to hear you."
"Help me to follow you."
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?
Today spend some extra time praying with the Scriptures. Really meditate on what you think God is trying to say to you, and ask the Holy Spirit for His help with this. Don't try to force anything, but let the Spirit guide your heart. If you can, go to adoration and pray in presence of God, Himself.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Mary Griffin, a graduate student of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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