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).
There sure is a lot going on in today’s gospel- so much that some of the events were overlapping each other. Jesus was in the middle of telling a woman who had just been cured of the hemorrhages she’d been suffering with for 12 years that her faith has saved her when people came to tell the synagogue official that his 12-year-old daughter just died. If you were there just being witness to everything happening, what thought or emotion would you even settle on?
Let’s take a quick snapshot of your life right now. I might guess you have more than two drastically different thoughts, and emotions overlapping at the moment. You tell me- when you’re experiencing any combination of pleasant, difficult, and indifferent situations at the same time, how do you react?
As a human, to you, I hope you allow yourself the time and space you need to feel and think through everything. As a sister to you in Christ, I hope your faith rests in Jesus.
When things get complicated or challenging, do you just want to get through it all or do you want to live through it all? If life is just a series of “getting throughs,” sure, you might distance yourself a little bit from the reality of difficulties and discomfort, but you’ll also distance yourself from the reality of faith and hope.
Suffering isn’t fun or easy, but it is good and necessary. Suffering widens and deepens your bucket for grace, and when consolation comes, how much more joy you will be able to endure!
When overlapping thoughts and emotions are stirred up, look for your common denominator: Faith. Don’t try to expect or anticipate what will come of it all. Walk with God in the good, bad, confusing, unknown… any time, place, or situation. Live through it all with Him. Just as Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have 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 combination of emotions am I feeling right now?
How am I inviting the Lord into my life now to have hope in what will come of my confusion?
What reaction do I have to suffering? How can faith in the Lord change this?
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 my hope."
"Help me suffer with you, God."
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 some time to write out how you're feeling right now. Invite the Lord into each different feeling, emotion, stress, and joy you're currently dealing with- let him restore your hope and strengthen your faith.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie LoBosco, a student at the University of Dayton studying Music Therapy.
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