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).
For well over a year I had been feeling bogged down by a situation that I had trouble letting go of. I knew it would be best to let go of it, but I was afraid to. There were a lot of conflicting emotions and so much uncertainty. What would happen if I let go? Would I be giving up? Could anything good ever happen to me again?…the questions went on and on.
I kept surrendering the situation and prayed frequently for God’s will to be done in my life. I figured if I was “meant” to let go of the situation, God would just take it away or do something better with it. With how much I had prayed about it, I assumed it was just the cross I was being asked to carry at this time in my life.
At the end of a novena I was praying to St. Philip Neri, I went to confession and the priest explained more to me about the significance of Pentecost. I hadn’t been praying the ongoing novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost with the Church, so the priest advised me to jump in and ask Jesus for anything I need strength for and told me that I would receive it on Pentecost Sunday. (BOLD- I know!)
I decided to ask for the strength to let go. I caught up on all the days I had missed and finished out the novena to the Holy Spirit right on time. On Pentecost Sunday, I realized that I felt a sort of weight lifted off of me; however, I was too skeptical to believe I could simply just wake up one day and feel free from a situation that I had been wrestling with for over a year. Days, weeks, and months passed, and my skepticism naturally faded.
Of course God is not playing Santa Claus- He isn’t going to give us everything just because we ask, but one thing is for certain- no prayer is ever wasted. Regardless if God says “Yes”, “No”, “later”, or something different, no prayer is ever wasted. Even if we ask God to shower someone with graces and that person refuses to accept them, no prayer is ever wasted. God hears our prayers and does more than we could ever imagine with each and every one of them.
I don’t know what exactly God did with all of my prayers and moments of surrendering, but I do know that when I asked for the strength to let go, God blessed me with that grace a hundredfold.
Just like Solomon in this reading- God wanted me to ask. Not only did He give me what I asked for so fiercely, He also showed off the beauty of Pentecost, priests, and confession. I have never been so convicted of how much God loves when we spill our hearts and ask Him for what we want.
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.
When was the last time you asked God for something?
Do you trust that God will give you what you need if you ask Him?
How can you balance trust in God when you ask Him for something, while also not expecting everything to happen the way you ask?
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."
"God, You are good."
"Come Holy Spirit."
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?
Click here to pray the Litany of Trust. Bring to God the thing or things you need to trust Him with the most today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie LoBosco, a music therapist for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Cincinnati.
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