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).
Here we are in the middle of summer. For many, this is a time of increased work, social, or sporting activity. Our lives are full of commotion and we find our days filled with action from dawn to dusk, and beyond. This is the same type of situation the apostles were in in today’s gospel. They come back to our Lord after having spent much time fulfilling the many tasks that came part and parcel with following Jesus.
Jesus instructs them to come with him to a secluded place in the desert to find some needed rest. Jesus knew of their weariness and hunger, and wanted them to be replenished, both in mind and spirit. The same applies to us in our lives. We also must find the time to disengage from the hectic nature of our lives occasionally, to recharge ourselves. Follow Jesus’ advice to the apostles and do the same in your own life. Take some time to just relax.
Note that while the apostles were doing as Jesus instructed, many people followed their group, and would have prevented the apostles from being able to wind down as Jesus wanted them to. Jesus looked upon the people and was moved by their need for himself and the apostles. In His mercy, He took it upon himself to tend to the people, thus leaving the apostles with some time to replenish themselves.
Jesus will do the same for you. When you just can’t seem to find the time to relax, or what little time you do find is interrupted, try to refocus on Jesus and trust that He will look after you just as He did the apostles. Use your time to thank him for all he does in your life and commit yourself to a deeper relationship with Him. It’s what He wants most.
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.
What are the situations and activities in your life keeping you busy? Where have you seen Jesus in the midst of that busyness?
When do you have time to rest and recharge today and this week? How can you be sure to block those times off for Jesus?
What do you want to give Jesus thanks for today?
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.
"You are my rest."
"You give me strength."
"Thank You, Jesus."
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?
Go to whatever you have that manages your schedule - a planner, google calendar, iPhone calendar, whatever it is - and literally block off time this week that is just called RECHARGE. Make it time where you pray, relax, and allow Jesus to be your strength in a new and refreshed way.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jim Lundgren, a parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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