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).
What does it mean to have faith?
That is such a tough question and seemingly looks different for every person, but I think there is something consistent. Faith is believing that God can do it, without having to have Him prove it. Jesus give us a great example of this today.
A Roman Soldier's servant was seriously ill and near death. He comes to Jesus knowing that Jesus can and will heal people. He takes his faith a step farther though and says that he knows Jesus can heal his servant through His will alone, and that this soldier is not worth to have Jesus in his house. The soldier says “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Hopefully this sounds familiar… we say it at every Mass. We acknowledge our sinfulness and God’s power at the same times. The soldier explains this even more saying, “For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it."
We are in a time that tries to hate authority. We sometimes value individual freedom more than doing what is right. This is such a dangerous path, and causes us to lose faith in the power of God. Everything is subject to God’s power and authority. Believing this give us faith. We can have faith because we can know and trust that if God wills it to happen, it will happen. Authority is good, it is what saves us from sin. Only abuse of authority is bad, but we never have to worry about that with God.
So what is faith? It truly is trusting that if God wills it, it will happen, and we can take Him at His word. So have faith and trust that God really can and will do what He says.
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 have faith?
Do you struggle with authority? Do you struggle with God's authority?
Do you trust God?
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.
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Lord I believe."
"Increase my faith."
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, make a declaration of faith. Write it down or say it out loud. Profess your belief to the the Lord.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sean Norris, a theology teacher at JSerra Catholic High School in Orange County, CA.
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