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).
In the reading from Colossians today Paul expresses a number of desires for the people of that region in a beautiful prayer that is a model for how we should all hope for the best for the people in our own lives.
The first wish of Paul’s prayer is that the people are “filled with the knowledge of God’s will”. To be in tune with what God wants for us, and from us, is a blessing. We should all make an effort to discern what God’s plan is for us, to listen for his voice in our lives, and to heed his will when we feel him guiding us. So many decisions affect our lives… What school should I attend? What career should I pursue? Is this young man or woman worthy for me to date? Like Paul, I prayer that you are able to clearly hear God’s will when seeking answers for all the many questions you’ll encounter in your life.
Paul also wishes that the Colossians behave worthily in all that they do. He prays they “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit.” In biblical days, there were many temptations luring people away from a life of virtue and godliness, and it seems that nowadays there are so many more enticements bombarding us on daily basis. Like Paul, I hope that your heart is coupled with God’s, and that it helps you resist the lures of our modern world and lead a life that is pleasing to Him.
Paul then prays the people are “strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience.” What Paul is wishing for them is the strength to persevere in their walk with God over the long haul. I wish the same for you.
Lastly, Paul asks that the people “with joy, give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones…”. We should strive to endure whatever comes our way through a knowledge of God’s will, living a life that such knowledge leads us to, with the perseverance gained by allowing God to strengthen our hearts, and, most importantly, in a spirit of constant gratitude to God for all that he gives us.
Like Paul, I pray that you may be granted all of these things, on this day, and in all the days to come.
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 big decisions do you have to make that are weighing on you? How do you hear God leading you to act?
What are some of the biggest temptations that you are facing? In what ways do you need God's help and grace to strengthen you from acting upon these temptations?
How is your relationship with God right now? How can you grow closer to Him and let Him in even more into your heart?
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.
"Thank you for your love."
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?
Today, really look at your relationship with God. How have you grown closer over the past few weeks or months? Have you become closed off in certain areas of your life? However you are doing in your relationship, make a game plan of where you need to let God into your heart and life more. There is always room to grow with God. Open your heart even more and seek His help to live out today's reading.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jim Lundgren, a parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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