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).
The Lord truly provides and Divine providence is amazing. Today’s readings show how much the Lord provides for us. The first reading says, “all you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat.” The psalm says, “the hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.” The second reading says that nothing can separate us from the Love of Christ. This leads us to the Gospel.
Jesus has just heard of the death of his cousin St. John the Baptist. You can imagine how he must have been feeling. Now we know that Jesus is man and is like us in all things but sin. We know that he has the same feelings of hunger and thirst, sadness and joy. Jesus retreats to a quiet place by himself. But while he was trying to take some time alone all of the crowds followed him. Now, if this was me, I would be upset. I would not like it if a crowd of people came and interrupted my prayer time. But Jesus has compassion. He doesn’t lash out; he doesn’t get angry. He simply loves them. He teaches them and he shows this love. When he sees their hunger he has pity and asks if there was any food. The apostles said there were only five loaves of bread and two fish. There is no way that they could feed five thousand people with such little food. But Jesus took the loaves and fish and gave thanks for them. He blessed them and broke them and gave them to the disciples to give to the crowds. Every single one of them ate and was satisfied. When they gathered what was left there was abundantly more than they started with.
Jesus takes something so little and turns it into something so great. Jesus takes a moment of despair and turns it into hope. Jesus takes a moment of doubt and turns it into faith and trust. HE CAN PROVIDE. Jesus desires to provide us with what we need. We hear it over and over again in the Scriptures of today. Jesus will always give us what we need no matter where we are. No matter what we have. No matter what we give to him. Even the smallest things he can turn into an abundance. Today there is so much going on in every one of our lives. Just like Jesus in the Gospel, we have all lost something and are grieving those losses. Jesus understands what it’s like to love so much and then lose that thing or person that we love. Jesus understands us in our sadness and our pain.
Friends, every need we have, every pain and suffering, Jesus loves so intimately that he will enter into that pain and that desire; he will heal us and provide us with exactly what we need to be completely and totally satisfied.
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.
When you are sad or upset, where do you turn?
When have you asked Jesus to provide for you? How has He?
Where have you asked Jesus to heal you?
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 to the Lord."
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?
Where in your life do you need Jesus? It can be big or small. Sit down today and tell Him everything.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Anna Roche, the High School Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle in Crystal Lake, IL.
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