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).
Our Gospel concludes, “And He did not work many mighty deeds there, because of their lack of faith.”
One of the greatest tragedies throughout our history and of our present day is the staggering lack of faith. Many have decided to outright turn away from God and reject Him, while others have sadly become lukewarm or indifferent. We have all been that person, seen that person, encountered that person, or heard about that person who lacks faith.
Brothers and sisters, the Lord desires to work many great miracles and mighty deeds in our lives - all He asks of us is an ounce of faith.
Some manifestations of God’s mighty deeds are as follows: physical healings are certainly possible; healing from addictions; spiritual healing of sin through God’s mercy; severed relationships can be healed; and even our divided nation can experience the grace of healing.
How does this happen? An excellent start is to turn with faith towards the living God! The mighty deeds of God are available, he only asks of our loving cooperation.
What do you seek from God? Ask and 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 are you seeking from God?
Is your faith big enough to ask for mighty deeds?
What are some mighty deeds you've seen worked in your life?
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 I am Lord."
"Help me have a big faith."
"Show me your mighty deeds in the world."
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?
We can be quite forgetful when it comes to remembering the mighty deeds the Lord has worked in our lives. When we forget, our faith gets smaller. Take time today to write down 5 to 10 mighty deeds the Lord has worked in your life and those closest to you. Use the confidence in His previous work to ask Him for mighty deeds in the world today.
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