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).
Sometimes in Gospel readings like today I wish that Jesus called us to be like the Pharisees. It’s tempting for me sometimes to think about how “great” it could be if what I did was enough to follow the commandments, to be holy. To be able to correct the struggles inside of me by simple washing my hands or speaking the right words in the right order. How convenient, but completely shallow and unfulfilling that would be! Jesus in this Gospel speaks to the fullness of our humanity, the depths of who we are, not just in what we do, and calls us to fullness - to sainthood. He isn’t just going through a laundry list of why we are all broken, but speaks the truth on how both wickedness AND goodness come from within, from who we are.
In the previous reading today we are reminded of this truth when we hear that “All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.” And we are invited to “humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls.” God is offering us His goodness and the opportunity to be a part of it by participating with Him in our internal life and letting it out. When we ignore this opportunity it can be easy to fall into some of the wickedness that Jesus mentions. Let's recognize the good of today and reject the shallow and the wicked. Take a moment in your prayer today to ask God to nurture the good that He has been planted and give you an opportunity to let it out today.
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 some way you need to purify your internal life?
Do you ever try to look holy instead of be holy? Why? How can you try to be more holy today?
How can you be more humble today and let God transform you from the inside out?
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.
"Jesus, I trust in You."
"Heal me Lord."
"Purify my heart Lord."
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?
During the month of September, we ask that each day, for the Action step of our lectio divina, everyone prays a Divine Mercy Chaplet together for the healing of all victims of clerical abuse of any kind as well as for the healing and guidance of our Church.
For more information on why we are doing this action step and a simple lock screen or how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, click here.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Isaac Weickert, Youth Minister at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva, IL.
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