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).
I often fall into the trap of thinking that my day-to-day schedule has no extra time for a relationship with Jesus. From the moment I awake, until my head hits the pillow, I am so busy that the last thing I want to do is "waste" time trying to quiet myself and encounter God, just to leave myself feeling more behind and frazzled later. It is easy to push God to the end of the to do list, but my question for you - and for me - is: would we push God off if we knew his truth, his words, to be alive and effective?
I would venture to say: no, absolutely not.
In today's Gospel passage, Jesus is longing to help us. Jesus wants to provide the peace, joy, encouragement, love, compassion, and comfort we need on a daily basis. All we have to do is run to him - nothing more.
He literally says, "Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." He says, "Come”; that's it. No conditions, no requirements, just a simple request: "come". It is in our closeness with Christ that we are granted the rest we are seeking. It is in our relationship with Him that our burdens are taken from our shoulders and placed upon his.
I truly believe Christ will never give us something we can’t handle, but for those times where we feel swamped, overwhelmed, under-appreciated, overworked, and down right far away, he has a simple request: “come”. Let us strive to draw close to the Lord in all that we do today. Even if we feel far away from the Lord, may we remember that His Love is unconditional, and that a life with Christ is more peaceful, joyful, and life-giving than a life without.
Make time for the Lord today in your busy schedule and find rest in Him, even if it is only for five minutes; I promise you won’t regret it.
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.
Think of your daily schedule the last few days; where has time for prayer and the Lord fit in?
What are the things that are burdening you right now? How can you work on letting the Lord take those things from you and help you find rest?
Looking ahead at your schedule over the next few weeks, when will you pray? What will the moments of relaxation, quiet, and rest with the Lord look like?
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 find rest in You."
"Your yoke is easy."
"Your burden is light."
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 Lord bear fruit in you today?
Carve out specific time in your day today to rest. Stop, turn off technology, and just be with Him. Let Him renew you.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Connor Flanagan, a Youth Minister and Catholic Musician who lives in St. Paul, MN.