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).
I am a pilot’s daughter.
My first flight was when I was just weeks old. I grew up flying standby, spending hours and days of waiting, eating, and sleeping in airports just to get home, or to Grandma’s house.
I still fly often. I go through security so many times a month that usually I opt out of the scanner—just in case. I’ve traveled to 20-plus countries. You might call me a “jetsetter” or “seasoned traveler.”’
I know I’m safe when I fly. My dad has explained this to me. I know the statistics—the number of deadly car accidents vs. air travel. I know the wings are not going to fall off—turbulence is a nuisance, not a danger. In my head, I know it all.
But even knowing these things, I still sometimes get anxious when I fly, especially when the storms and the rain come and the plane is bouncing across the sky.
Jesus is with the disciples in a boat in today's Gospel when a squall came up. The disciple's peace suddenly turned to anxiety and fear at the change of events.
And Jesus seemed undisturbed, adding to their peturbment.
But Jesus did wake, and He calmed the storm.
"Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?" He asks them.
This should make us stop and think--how great Jesus' trust in His father is, that He knew even in the midst of this storm He had no reason to fear.
It is this faith we need to understand that even in the middle of great turbulence, confusion, or chaos, that the Lord has us close. He has us.
Let us ask for greater faith today, that during great, perplexing situations, we would have the faith Jesus had, knowing with every ounce of our being that a good, good Father holds us. And He holds every single aspect of our lives, so we have nothing to fear. Today's gospel calls us ask and seek that faith.
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 are things in your life that are storms right now? What challenges are you facing? How can you do a better job of trusting God in those storms?
When you are in the midst of a difficult situation or moment, what do you do in order to hand that over to the Lord?
Have you ever asked the Lord for a deeper, more complete gift of faith? What situations do you want to ask Him for faith in 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.
"I trust in You."
"Give me faith."
"You are Good."
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 Lord bear fruit in you today?
Go into the storms you'll face today with confidence. In the moments when you feel turbulence, take a moment to give it to the Lord, and act out of trust in His plans instead of fear of what might go wrong.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Andrea Scott, a graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio currently living in Washington D.C.