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).
Lately, I have found myself having a lot of conversations about communication, and while that might seem cyclical in nature, I think we see a beautiful example of true communication between friends and with our Lord in today’s Gospel. Martha goes to the Lord and communicates her feelings and her hurt to Him. She doesn’t hold back but lays it all out on the table.
Just last weekend, we heard the Gospel story, in which Jesus tells Martha that Mary has chosen the better part. In that moment, Jesus was speaking a hard truth to Martha, but He was speaking the truth in love. And in return, though I’m sure it was difficult to hear, Martha was open to receiving the truth in love.
When we are open to receiving the truth in love, that truth will then sustain through the hard times, as we witness in today’s story of Martha and our Lord. Like I said, Martha laid it all on the table and communicated her real feelings and hurt to our Lord. How often do we hold back from God or from our friends or loved ones what we are truly feeling for fear of burdening them?
And yet we see even in her hurt, Martha was able to preach and receive the truth in love. She trusts Jesus and has hope in the resurrection even in the midst of her hurt. Jesus continues to preach the truth to her in return; even though if it isn’t necessarily what Martha wants to hear, Jesus knows it is what she needs to hear.
We too have to be willing to say what others need to hear and not just what we think they want to hear, including our Lord. Real communication, real healing begins with journeying with one another and truly sharing the Truth and sharing ourselves with one another. The path to heaven is filled with a lot of hurt and brokenness, but it is also filled with a lot of joy and hope. When we walk alongside each other, we share in all of those things and help one another hand those things over to Christ.
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 a time someone had to preach truth to you in love? How did you react?
Read through the gospel again, and put yourself in Martha's shoes. What truth does Jesus need to give to you in love?
Are you open to receiving the truth in love? Ask the Lord to help grant you this virtue.
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.
"Preach the truth in love."
"Receive the truth in love."
"The Lord loves me."
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?
Real communication requires listening. Spend time listening to the Lord today. Turn off your phone and go for a walk and listen to the Lord.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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