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).
Queen Esther. She has been one of my heroes as long as I can remember. Growing up, I read a fictional story about missionaries in Africa, and they referenced the queen from thousands of years ago. I was inspired by her then, and continue to be today. She is a role model to all of us while being an example of faith, femininity, bravery, and so much more.
If you don’t know her story, I do recommend reading the short book in the Old Testament, or Veggie Tales can catch you up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjL2hm7qt1c. To briefly summarize, King Ahasuerus is finding a new queen and chooses the Jewish orphan Esther (not knowing she is a Jew). She did not want to be queen and she was thrown into a world she was not prepared for. To make matters worse, the king has an evil advisor who is trying to kill all of the Jews in the empire because he hates Esther’s uncle. As he is preparing to do this, Esther knows the fate of her people is in her hands and she needs to go to the King and ask for her people to be spared. She fasts, she prays and she prepares to do this. Today’s first reading is Esther going to the Lord in preparation before she goes and talks to the king. Spoiler Alert. She is able to tell the king his advisor is evil and he spares her people.
So what do we learn from Esher’s prayer today? We learn to lean on the Lord. We learn to run to Him for our strength. Esther asks the Lord for words, that she might speak her mission and comfort in her despair. We too must remember this. When faced in difficult situations, do you ask the Holy Spirit for words? When you are sorrowful, do you ask the Lord for comfort? Do you run to Him and lean on Him for all you need?
Queen Esther is an example to all of us. Ask the Lord to help you be more like her today.
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 faced in difficult situations, do you ask the Holy Spirit for words?
When you are sorrowful, do you ask the Lord for comfort? Do you run to Him and lean on Him for all you need?
How can you follow Esther's example of faith and bravery in your own life 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."
"Lead me, Lord."
"Guide my heart."
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?
Today, when you feel yourself getting into a difficult or sticky situation, remember to follow Esther's example. Pray for the Lord's help the moment you lose your peace and begin to feel stressed or upset. Trust that God is with you and pray for His guidance throughout your day.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Kendzior, Junior High Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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