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).
St. Paul is so bold, and I love it. This first reading is so full of wisdom. Before we try to dive into it anymore, please just read it one or two more times and let it really sink in.
The first thing Paul tells us today is to be persistent and patient when sharing the Gospel. Most of us are good at one or the other, but it is really hard to do both, especially with some of the hate we receive when we try to talk about our faith. But Paul calls us to continue to "proclaim the word" no matter how easy or convenient it is or isn't.
Then St. Paul drops the sad reality bomb - people will stop caring about truth and start buying into myths and fads. Our society today puts so many things before truth. We have no idea who or what to trust sometimes, because everyone has "their own truth." Paul knew this would happen 2,000 years ago, yet we still struggle to figure it out today. And then he warns us to make sure we don't fall into the traps that society continually finds itself in. We must continue to seek truth.
Finally he talks about the cost and reward of our mission as evangelists. He talks about how he has poured his whole self out for those God has called him to minister to, and has run the full race. Then he confidently speaks of his reward in heaven. The reward we can be confident in as well if we truly put God first in everything we do.
St. Paul is bold, but we should be too. We cannot be afraid to speak the truth of God's love and we cannot be afraid to live that each and everyday. It wont be easy, but it will be worth it. It is time to speak truth confidently and with love.
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 some ways that you need to be more bold in sharing the love of God?
What are some lies/myths that you often fall for or people around you often fall for?
Are you as confident as St. Paul in your heavenly reward? If not, how can you become more confident?
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."
"Come Holy Spirit."
"I love You, Lord."
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 and look at the way you share the love of God and His Word. Make a list of the ways you do it well and how you can do it better. Also, make a list of who you need reach out to more.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sean Norris, Youth Minister at Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights, IL.
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