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).
Today’s first reading reminds me of one particular saying that grown-ups always shared when we wanted to follow the leader, but they thought, "Hmm... maybe not." Maybe I was always in the wrong place at the right time, but I remember hearing adults often say, "Do as I say, not as I do." Growing up, this statement made me so upset. Why is it okay for other people to do this dumb thing, but I can’t? Then, I would hear, "When you are older," which ultimately made me drop the thing and move on till I was older.
St. James reminds us in today's first reading that everyone should be a good human. To be a good human, you have to listen and do. However, if you forget one or the other, it is like not recognizing your own reflection.
As wonderful his words are, these things are definitely easier said than done. Personally, I struggle with the doing part. I have fantastic listening ears, but my brain often thinks, "I’d rather not do those things, it sounds hard, is too much effort, or I completely missed all of what was just said because I definitely started thinking about something else."
By not listening, you miss the part on what to do. This part is just as important as the listening. You have to listen to go do. Yes, sometimes it is not what we want to hear. Things are said to help protect and make you a better version of you - the one and only you. Sometimes, it is going to stink, and you will wonder why you need to do these things. Things may not make sense in the moment, and that is okay because at some point it will all make sense and it will be worth it. Trust that Jesus will provide because He will. Until then, sit in the fog, listen, and invite Jesus to sit with you.
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 I struggle more with listening or with taking action?
Is there something that is hard for me to hear, but I know I need to hear it and listen to it?
Where do I need to listen more? Where do I feel moved to take action?
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.
"Sit with the Lord."
"Listen to God's voice."
"Jesus will provide."
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?
Examine your life and whether you are better at listening or taking action, and take some time today to work on the one that you might not be as strong in.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Mary Andren, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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