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 I first read this reading, I honestly didn’t like it at all. The thought of God not wanting to forgive me, and that I may not be able to return to Him seemed incomprehensible. That is not the God I know; the God of Mercy we see so many other places and especially in Jesus. Then I read the passage again and started to realize that this isn’t really about God, it is about us. It is about the hardness of our hearts; that sometimes we have to see the reality that we can choose to live on this earth without God, but that means we will have to live without Him for eternity. That is some scary stuff, but sometimes seeing the scary reality is the only thing that will shake us out of our mediocrity.
God is not in the business of scaring us, that is not what I am trying to say. What I mean is, God loves us enough to show us the truth. The truth is, if we live a life void of Him on earth, why would we want eternity to be any different? The Jews of this time didn’t understand the forgiveness of sins they way we do because they didn’t have the Cross yet, but the truth is still the same, either we choose God or we don’t. We are human, we sin, that’s human nature… but if we don’t try to grow through His grace, then we are turning our face from Mercy, from God.
The prophet Joshua said “If it does not please you to serve the Lord, decide today whom you will serve.” It is not about never making mistakes; it is about who does your heart desire? Who does your heart serve? No matter how many times you sin, no matter how many times you fall, will you keep your heart set on God? I know I will because “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." I will serve Love. Either we choose God or we don’t, we can’t be mediocre anymore.
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.
Are you living a life void of Christ here on earth? Or are you choosing God every day?
How are you striving to grow through God's grace?
Who does your heart serve? How does your heart serve?
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.
"I choose God."
"I will serve love."
"I want eternity with 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?
Let today be a wake-up call. Today, choose who you will serve. Know that you can no longer be mediocre because you were made for 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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