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).
Aside from my parents, my best friend probably knows me better than just about anyone on this earth. We’ve been friends for 13 years and yes - we are those annoying best friends who know what each other is thinking across the room, can guess how each other would respond to something, and have GIF threads and emoji conversations that only make sense to us (but are absolutely hilarious). But even more than that, she knows my heart. When she asks how I’m doing, it never works to lie to her. Inevitably, it seems, she already knows the truth. She just gets me, you know? She knows what I’m saying before I say it, and when I talk to her I just feel understood.
It’s a beautiful thing, to feel understood. If we’re being honest, we all spend a good amount of our time trying to get everyone else around us to think we have it all together. But at our deepest selves we all desire to be truly understood and to be loved for exactly who we are. When we’re with people who love us and “get” us, we feel safe. We feel at home.
For that very reason, I love today’s psalm. It’s one of the most well-known psalms, but it’s still one of my favorites. “You have searched me and you know me, Lord.” Is that not one of the most beautiful phrases in all of Scripture? God gets us, you know? He knows me. He knows you. Better, actually, than we know ourselves. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I try to spend a good amount of my time trying to convince God that I have it all together, too. But the beautiful thing is that He already knows. He knows I don’t have it all together, He knows my thoughts and my desires and my heart. I don’t have to pretend for Him. And neither do you.
He understands your thoughts from afar. He is familiar with all of your ways. “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know the whole of it.” There is nothing you can tell Him that He doesn’t already know even better than you do. But He wants to hear it from you, and He wants you to know that you are heard and understood. Rest in that deep understanding. You don’t have to put on the mask for him. He knows you. His heart is home.
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 ever try to hide your heart from God? If He already knows you, why would we try to hide from Him?
Why do you think God wants you to tell Him what's on your heart even if He already knows?
Do you know God's heart? He knows us so intimately, but is it a "one way friendship"? How can you get to know His heart better?
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.
"His heart is home."
"You see me. You know me. You love me."
"Come Holy Spirit."
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?
Strive to become as familiar with God's heart as He is with yours. Spend time with Him and, even in the small things, pay attention to His heart. Maybe, in a small way, reflect on how you are praying this Lectio Divina. Are you rushing through it or are you truly letting the Lord speak to you and entering in? Find a way to enter deeper, to know His heart more.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Megan Miller, the Co-director of Catechesis and Evangelization at
St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Gurnee, IL