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).
I think it’s safe to say that many of us are familiar with the first reading passage from Jeremiah. In my own prayer life, the verse “before I formed you in the womb I knew you” has been a steady companion, coming up again and again when I believed in the truth of it the least. But what struck me most as I began to pray and read through this Scripture today was not the words of the Lord to Jeremiah that we all know so well, but words that the Lord speaks a little farther on.
He says to Jeremiah, “Be not crushed on their account,” (and then this is the part that gets me), “as though I would leave you crushed before them.” Wow, do those words hit me right in my heart. Because the thing is, I would love to say that I trust in the Lord indefinitely, that I could never believe that he would leave me crushed and hurting. But if I’m being honest don’t I, don’t we all, live as though that is exactly what the Lord would do? So often I buy into the lie, especially in times of suffering, that God chooses to leave me in my own hurt, chooses to leave me crushed and broken. But in today’s first reading I am reminded that our God, our Father, is with us always; that He never leaves us, not ever.
There is a quote I love that comes to mind, by a Saint named Giuseppe Moscati: “Whatever happens, remember…God doesn’t abandon anyone.” It’s so simple, seems so obvious and yet I have found in my own experience that it takes great courage and commitment to live my life as though these words are true (because, spoiler alert, they are). It takes courage and commitment to believe that when I am in the midst of suffering and pain, I am not alone; even more, that God will not leave me there. It takes courage and commitment to believe that when I am in the midst of carrying my cross, the cross always comes before the crown. And so my prayer today is that the Lord would remind us that we are never abandoned, that He would never leave us crushed and broken, and to have the courage to live our lives rooted in that truth.
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 times you have felt abandoned or alone?
Looking back on those times, knowing that God is truly there, can you see Him in those moments?
How can you trust God more and let Him more into those moments?
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 give it all to you God."
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?
Be bold and trust in the Lord. Trust that He will never abandon you, even when you feel all alone. Do something to remind yourself of that; write it on your mirror, write it on a sticky note, change your lock screen, etc.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lauren Wright, a Youth Minister in Rockford, IL.
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