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).
The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
I don't know if you've ever gotten caught up in reading Facebook comments. I don't recommend it, it usually makes me very angry. Or maybe you are a frequent Facebook commentor? People's comments are all over the place. However, I think the thing that reading the comments can show us illustrates St. Paul's point in the first reading today. The one thing everyone commenting has in common: they believe they are wise and that they are right; so right that they need their point to be known by everyone. However, sharing a point in Facebook comments rarely moves anyone (except to getting into a Facebook argument).
St. Paul today tells us that the more we think we are wise, probably the more we need to learn. The more we boast about our wisdom, really should instead be an opportunity to learn about humility and about someone else.
How much better would we be if we learned from one another, and started the conversation from neutral ground assuming we could learn instead of assuming you are right and the other person is wrong? How can we better come together and create solutions to the many problems we are facing today.
It starts with you. Don't wait for someone else. Invite a friend for coffee (even if it is coffee over zoom). We become truly wise by never stopping learning and more importantly relying on the Lord. Invite the Lord into your conversations and let's grow together. Real change happens in the heart through movement with the Lord and then it should flow into the rest of our lives.
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.
Do you make a point to be heard or do you rather listen and learn, even if you disagree?
How would listening with humility bring you closer to Jesus? How could your listening to others help them to know Jesus?
How can you be truly wise today and move with the Lord?
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.
"Teach me, Lord."
"Help me to listen."
"Guide my heart."
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, have a discussion with someone you don't really see eye-to-eye with. No matter which way the conversation goes, listen to them with love. Even if you get heated, be patient and humble. Be truly wise and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to understanding and wisdom.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Majernik, a non-profit worker who lives with her husband and puppy in central Illinois.
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