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).
This was the line that struck me in today's Gospel:
"Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?"
What utter distress the Disciples are conveying in this moment. Jesus has just told them he wants to feed this very large crowd, and they can't possibly fathom how he's going to do it. They know all of the reason it's crazy: the crowd is huge, they're poor, they're in the desert. In the midst of all of that, how could they possibly believe that anything can be done?
Of course, this is how we often think. And over and over again we've probably heard it: nothing is impossible for God. Believe in God!
What this doesn't mean is that there won't be any problems. Just pray and everything will work out! That's not our faith, and it's just not how it is going to work out all the time.
What our faith is, though, is the faith that says: even if it doesn't work out, God is still God and I still trust him. Even in the moments when we don't get the thing we were hoping for, our faith is a faith that believes that God is and always will be powerful enough to take care of any problem.
Too often we get caught up in looking at the waves, the trials, the struggles, and the obstacles. Today, let's look at Jesus; let's look at our God who is more than enough to conquer it all. Let's entrust ourselves totally to Jesus, knowing that the Savior whose birth we celebrate in a few short weeks is enough to bring hope and healing into even the most desperate of circumstances.
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 distressing me right now? What seems impossible to happen or get done?
Where do I need to trust in God more?
Where am I in need of hope and healing during this Advent season?
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."
"Nothing is impossible for God."
"Bring me hope and healing."
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?
Write a list of all the places or situations where you are struggling to trust God right now. After each one, write the words: "Jesus, I trust in you."
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