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).
We’ve all heard that rules are in place because they’re good for us, right? Which doesn’t always make them that much easier to follow...however, today’s Psalm gives us a new perspective on rules, particularly the rules the Church gives us to follow. The Psalm today says “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart”
How often do we think of rules as bringing us joy?
Oftentimes we think of rules as being restrictive. They are telling us everything that we can’t do! You shall not do this, you shall not do that! We focus so much on the things that we can’t do that we get so caught up in the negative. We start to miss the good things that can happen; The things that we are allowed to do and the things that are good.
When I think of rules I think of this analogy: A man is standing in this grassy field. The field is surrounded by a nice white fence. The man is standing at the fence looking at it but he cannot see past it. The man feels that he is trapped inside this fence and wants to go over the fence to see the other side. But what he doesn’t see is that just past the fence are wolves waiting to attack him, as well as a cliff that he could fall down. So while he is upset that he cannot go outside the fence, the fence is actually protecting him from many different kinds of danger.
So we can think of rules as restrictive. We can think of all the things that they tell us not to do. But we have to remember that rules always protect us from things that could harm us. When we are protected from harm we should be so joyful and happy. So when we hear this psalm we should proclaim it boldly “The precepts of the Lord give Joy to the heart.”
God is so good and when we realize in our hearts that he IS love then we realize that his precepts are good. They are just. They are merciful. They are like a protective mantle around us, guarding us and keeping us warm and safe.
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 can I hear your voice today?
How are you trying to show me your mercy?
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 for you me.
I put my trust in you alone.
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?
Find a time to schedule the sacrament of confession for next week and prepare your heart to receive His grace.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Anna Roche, the High School Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle in Crystal Lake, IL.