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 like to reflect on people before and after Jesus heals them because I can relate. Jesus has healed so many aspects of my life. In today’s Gospel, I felt as if God was speaking to me and reminding me how I should approach Him.
The leper approached Jesus kneeling and begging Him for His healing. It made me question how often do I do kneel, outside of Mass or Adoration, when I pray? Jesus is God and we are His creatures, I think we sometimes forget this. I need to remember not to take His Divinity for granted. He is The Almighty God to whom all of creation should bend a knee and worship at His name.
The leper began with the phrase, “if you wish” which implied that Jesus’ will be done, not the leper’s will. Even though the leper desperately wanted to be healed, he knew that it was up to God to decide. How often do we go to God with our own needs without considering His will in our lives? I usually end my prayers of petition with, “only if it is Your will, God.” I have been working on accepting everything in my life as God’s will - the good and the bad.
Jesus’ reaction is what we should remember when we ask Him to heal us. He was moved with pity, He felt sorrow and compassion by the suffering of the leper. Then He stretched out His hand, touched the leper and said, “I do will it. Be clean.” God is a loving God and to love someone is to will the best for that person. He answers our prayers in three ways - Yes, No, or not right now. It’s important to remember that He knows what is best for us. We should always accept His will, especially when we don’t get the answer we want.
So, let’s take this Gospel to heart and be reverent and kneel when praying at home. Let’s remember to begin or end with “only if it is Your will, God,” and truly mean those words. It all comes down to surrendering our will to His will. He is The Creator, let’s have faith in His plan for our lives.
And lastly, when Jesus does heal us, let’s take the leper’s lead and go publicize it to the whole world. In today's society, everyone needs to know the healing power of God.
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.
How do you show reverence to God outside of church? How could kneeling help you grow in reverence of God?
How often do you go to God with your petitions without considering His will? How could the praying the words, "only if it your will, God," help you grow in your relationship with God?
What miracles has God worked in your life? How can you share God's unending and healing power with others 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 healer."
"Your will be done."
"I will sing of your glory."
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, change some things up in your prayer life. Try kneeling when you pray at home as an act of reverence to our loving and powerful God. When you ask things of God, consider His will for you life, knowing that He always does what is best, even if it's not what you expected. Share with at least one person the saving and healing power of God throughout your day.
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