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).
"Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners."
This saying of Jesus is one of the most humbling for me in all of Scripture. I am sick and in need of a physician. I am a sinner in need of repentance. If I wasn’t is wouldn’t belong in the Church here on earth. If I was no longer in need of the Divine Physician, I would already be in heaven, literally.
I sometimes get annoyed when people claim to be Catholic and then blatantly disagree with or act against what the Church teaches. I don’t think this is a bad anger necessarily, because it is important that people understand the true teachings of the Church, not someone’s opinion. However, Christ still came for them as He did for me and we are all equally welcome in His Divine Hospital, His Holy Church. The most ill and broken among us belong just as much, if not even more. If we refuse to welcome people because their sins are too much and their sickness is too scary for us, then we aren’t in the Church Christ came here to set up. That is a really scary thought… way scarier than any sin or sickness another person may have.
If we refuse to let people (or ourselves) into this Divine Hospital Jesus created because we want to keep it nice and clean, then we are missing the point of a hospital and we are missing the point of our Church. Bring your mess, bring your sickness, bring your sin and let God heal it! Help those you see in need find the healing they long for and desire as well. Don’t try to clean it all up first. Nobody waits until they are no longer sick before they go to the doctor. Let us be humble enough to be okay walking into Christ’s Church with our sicknesses and our sin… and those of the people around us as well. Let us be humble enough to let God heal us instead of adding a “health requirement” to this Divine Hospital… a “holiness requirement” to this Church founded for the sick and sinner.
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 aspect of your life needs the Divine Physician most? What hurts, struggles, insecurities, etc. of yours need healing today?
How can you lower your pride and humble accept Christ into your heart? How can you lower your pride and humbly accept all people in the Church?
How do you view the Church? As a hospital for souls, or the place to receive the healing love of Christ? How can you help more people to come to Christ to be made clean?
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 need You."
"Walk with me."
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?
Spend some time reflecting today. Pray for the grace to accept the Divine Healer into your heart. Bring to Him all your sickness, bring your sin and let God heal it. Take time to reflect on His mercy on all people, not just the righteous. Reach out to someone you know who you do not think is follow Christ and be an example of Christ's love to them today through your friendship.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sean Norris, Youth Minister at Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights, IL.