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).
“Be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen.”
One of Satan’s main tactics is distraction. He knows our minds were made to seek the truth, and He knows once we encounter the Truth, there is no denying it. So, what does he do when we start to draw closer to the Truth that Christ is trying to reveal to us? He distracts us, draws our attention to other things, does anything he can do to make us forget the Truth about God and about ourselves, the Truth that we have seen with our own eyes.
As I was praying with this scripture, I was brought to a place of deep gratitude for my memory, for the ability to remember and recall all of things my own eyes have seen (both good and bad), that are a part of my story, that are a part of the story of my life Christ is writing with me. The more I reflect upon those things, the more grateful I become for what Christ has done in my life and where He has brought me and how He has provided for me. This allows me to be brought back to a deeper place of surrender, knowing that I can trust Him because He has proved Himself to me time and time and time again.
It’s easy for us to look at the Israelites and laugh at how stupid they sound as they complain and cry out to God for abandoning them, right after He had just miraculously ripped a sea in half for them to walk through and then swallowed up their enemies. We read that and think “how dumb can they be to doubt God after He did that for them?” Yet then I look at my own life and see the ways that He has so clearly intervened in my life, answered prayers, healed people, miraculously opened doors that had been slammed shut, spoken so clearly and lovingly to me, and yet I still am like the Israelites. I doubt. I question. Because I forget the things my own eyes have seen.
I have learned that one of the best ways to remember what my eyes have seen is to go back and read my journal entries, and I come across stories of insane ways God has worked in my life or answered prayers or has spoken to me just at the right time. Often times these realizations don’t come to me until I go back and read what I had written down.
We are almost halfway through Lent. I challenge you, wherever you might be with your lenten practices, that for the rest of Lent, try journaling everyday for just one or two minutes before bed. If carrying around a journal is too much for you and you would probably lose it (like myself), then just open up a google doc file or a note on your phone, and write down something every day. Even if it’s just a phrase or a sentence, any small way to reflect on what your eyes have seen that day will be a tremendous gift to your spiritual life, as your eyes will begin to be opened and see even more than they have ever seen before.
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 is my biggest distraction in prayer?
When I think about my past, where have I seen Christ working in my life?
How will I continue to commit to memory the ways that God is working in my 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.
"Never let me forget."
"Jesus, help me to remember."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
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?
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Austin Ashcraft, a graduate student in New Orleans.
If you have anything you'd like our team to pray for, please go to the page of our website called "Prayers" and let us know how we can pray for you today.