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 have realized recently that both through a public display (such as this) and in private prayer of Lectio Divina, I often try hard to contemplate something for a hidden meaning or revelational moment of connection with God.
Therefore, when I sat down to pray with this Gospel, I decided to make a conscious effort to not try to "overthink" this Lectio Divina. It was kind of strange how I then placed myself in the passage in two different places... I first saw the Pharisee looking at me in amazement because I wasn't going to observe my usual reading between the lines that are between the lines. Then I saw the Lord saying to me "You fool! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil!"
This took me incredibly by surprise. I started thinking about how much I worry about how other people see me and how I am always striving to convince myself that I am "put-together" enough (for my own liking). I thought about how easy it is to be all talk and no follow-through. It is so easy to be a hypocrite! (fun fact: I typed "pharisee" into google which associated it with being a "hypocrite"... hmmm...) The inside of my cups and dishes must taste awful!
The good news is that those cups and dishes don't need to stay all gross and everything. God is like Cascade dishwasher soap- He's not just going to clean, but He'll make a little shine too!
I know neither what your cups and dishes are dirty with nor what non-essential expectations you are holding yourself, someone else, or God to, but I hope you'll take a moment to just think about it.
Maybe you read this Gospel and your mind went a totally different direction than where mine went, and that is awesome! Go with that! It is good both to reflect on your own initial thoughts and those stirred up by another person's thoughts. I hope Carpe Verbum has been and will continue to be a good starting ground for you in terms of your prayer life, relationship with God, and/or reflecting on these specific bible passages!
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.
Why do you personally find it important to spend time in prayer? How has your personal prayer helped you in your daily life?
What expectations are you holding yourself and/or God to? Are they fair, realistic expectations, or are they expectations you need to let go of?
What is the Lord trying to tell you today? (Don't overcomplicate it!)
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.
"Speak Lord, your servant is listening."
"Lord, make me clean."
"I lean not on my own understanding."
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 Lord bear fruit in you today?
Spend some extra time in prayer today. Whether that's going back and spending more time praying with today's Carpe Verbum, reading Scripture, or stopping by the Adoration Chapel, take your prayer to the next level today. Take the time to listen for what the Lord is trying to tell you in prayer.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie LoBosco, a student at the University of Dayton studying Music Therapy.
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