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).
When I played hockey in high school, I had a few different coaches throughout the years. Some were good, some were bad, but there was one specific coach who had this unsurpassable coaching influence on my life. He was the coach everyone wants to have in their life: he was caring, passionate, and most of all, personally concerned with how I was developing as a player and if I was truly giving it everything I could. Whereas other coaches in my life would sometimes get the brunt of my desire to be obstinate on the rink, when it came to coach Moss, I never had a problem putting everything aside to do whatever he thought I should do to make myself and my game better.
It’s humbling to put ourselves in that position, but it truly only comes when we have encountered someone we are willing to put that kind of trust in. So, in light of today’s Psalm, I ask you this question: do you put that kind of trust in Christ?
Today’s Psalm is a pretty famous and well-known line in the Scriptures: “Here am I Lord; I come to do your will.” These words, first uttered by Samuel and echoed on in faith by great figures like Abraham and St. Paul, find their expression fleshed out by the wonderful words of this psalm. This psalm is so treasured precisely because it proclaims so succinctly and perfectly the mindset we are called to have with Jesus: Here am I Lord, I come to do your will.
It can be easy to say these words and we may even think we genuinely mean them. But unless we have encountered and trust in the Person behind these words, they will fall flat. If we know Christ and trust in Him, like I did my coach, we will be ready to do His will at all times and in all places, impelling us to proclaim His Holy Name everywhere we go.
Perhaps in closing it’s easiest to leave you with a simple question: can you say, today, with a sincere heart, here am I Lord, I come to do your will?
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.
How willing am I to trust in the Lord completely?
In what ways do I hold back my trust in God?
How is God calling me to do his will today?
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."
"You are all I need."
"Here am I, Lord. Help me do your will."
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?
Take time today to write down the phrase, "Here am I, Lord. I come to do your will" on a sticky note or a sheet of paper. Put it up on your mirror or somewhere you'll see it every morning this week. Make it a priority to read that phrase every morning this week as a prayer to begin your day- be ready to listen and do the will of God!
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