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).
Today's reflection is going into OT (Old Testament, that is).
Naaman, a prominent foreigner, comes to the Elisha for healing. After being healed, Naaman realizes that the God of the Israelites is the one true God.
A similar pattern is seen in the Gospels. Jesus heals, and then conversion follows.
In reading these Biblical passages, we can marvel at God's incredible power. But are we missing the practical application?
The unnamed Jewish servant girl sees Naaman in need of healing. She takes the critical step to direct him to God and allows God's power to do the rest.
Many of us forget that the God of the Bible is the same God today (and forever). He still heals millions of people each year. For some it is a spiritual or emotional healing, but many are also healed physically.
If you don't believe me, I'd encourage you to do a bit of research. All canonized saints need approved miracles. Additionally, there are people like Fr. Mathias Thelen, who has a ministry centered around healing as a means for evangelization.
I keep my skepticism when I hear about miracles, as I'm sure is true of many readers. However, I do find it interesting that we are presented with two examples in this passage. Will we be more like the king of Israel, who had no faith? Or like the servant girl, whose faith brings about healing and conversion?
God promises to give healing power to some as a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinth 12:9). Have we ever sought out someone with this gift? Would we even know if we had the gift? Let's prudently and reverently consider ways to bring God's healing power to those we encounter.
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 in your life do you need to turn to God to be healed?
Where have you experienced God's healing?
How have you sought in the power of the Holy Spirit?
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."
"Lord heal me."
"I believe in miracles."
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, ask God for healing. Ask for healing for yourself and for the whole world.
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