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).
When the Lord gives, He gives in abundance. This is a lesson I have humbly learned over the past year. In the last few months, the Holy Spirit has brought pieces of my life together and gifted me with surprises that I honestly never expected in a million years (especially not during the middle of a pandemic).
And yet, I’m still always the person mentally preparing for the worst. I still presume that I’m lowest on God’s list of priorities or people to take care of or prayers to answer. But that’s not how our God works!
The multiplication of the loaves and fishes is a miracle that demonstrates our Lord’s radical generosity and abundance in giving. He doesn’t desire to give us only what we need, but he wants to give us even the deepest desires of our heart, the desires that maybe we are too afraid to hope for or even ask God for.
In today’s Gospel, everyone in the crowd ate and was satisfied, and there were still fragments leftover! What started as barely enough to feed one or two families turned into more than enough to feed thousands. God continues to take care of his people today as he took care of his people back then. He gives us His body and blood in the Eucharist, but He doesn’t stop there.
Don’t doubt the Lord’s generosity or His desire to give you the deepest desires of your heart. He sees you, and He cares for you and for your every desire.
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 have I been too afraid to ask the Lord for?
Where have I witnessed the Lord's generosity in my own life?
What do I desire?
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.
"Here's my heart, Lord."
"Eat and be satisfied."
"You satisfy 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?
Take courage - ask the Lord to grant the deepest desires of your heart and trust that He will satisfy.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Super.