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).
Are you ready for the next storm to hit?
I imagine the apostles were feeling pretty good with how things were going down. Crowds were forming and following. Their work with Jesus was bearing incredible fruit. They’re enjoying a boat ride with their buddies, and then boom the wind kicks up and they forget what they’d just been experiencing. Jesus wakes up, calms the storm, and asks do you not yet have faith?
It’s disheartening to admit that no matter how serious we get about the faith, there might be a storm right around the corner that will, even momentarily, wipe out the faith we’d had that Jesus would take care of us. They knew Jesus could calm the storm, but the question was, would he?
Am I good enough for Jesus to calm the storm? Have I messed up too many times for Him to take care of me? Am I worth loving to that incredible degree? As Christians we’ve been taught that the Lord will not leave us abandoned, but sometimes our experiences stir up those thoughts of isolation and fear. Maybe those feelings of doubt are quick and fleeting, maybe they are a cross that you seemingly have to carry in a daily way—no matter to what degree they arise, we should continue to bring them to the Lord.
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
How can we practically grow in the faith that Jesus will save us from perishing? First, keep your eyes on Jesus. If we focus on the storm, we will quickly become overwhelmed by its immensity; but if we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will remember the immensity of His love.
Secondly, cry out in gratitude for what He has done for you already, from laying down His life on the cross to speaking words of consolation through your loved ones.
Thirdly, even when you’re struggling in faith, wake Him up. Tell Him exactly what you’re feeling, and what is causing you anxiety. He desires to love you, right there, without exception.
Preparing for the next storm is a daily activity, but not one that needs to be grounded in fear. The wind will blow, your boat will rock, but you will never be left abandoned. Each day we arise, keep our eyes fixed on the one who loves us, trusting that He will come to our aid.
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.
In what areas of your life right now are you tempted to doubt that Jesus is going to calm the storms and not leave you abandoned? How can you place trust in him even in those storms?
What of the practical ways in today's meditation are you feeling most called to today in order to grow in your faith and trust in Jesus?
Which areas of your life right now are you most being invited into deeper faith in Jesus?
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.
"I trust you in the storm."
"You can calm the waves."
"You are enough."
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?
Do something simple today that will help you remember each day to keep your eyes on Jesus. Maybe make a note and put it on the mirror in your bathroom, or set an alarm on your phone to quietly remind you at noon every day to keep your eyes on him. Whatever it is, do something simple and practical to help you remember to keep your eyes on Jesus and be prepared for the next storm.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Robert Blood, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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