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).
Have you had that moment when you are searching so intensely for something you cannot seem to find, but it is dwelling in the most obvious place? The classic, “where are my glasses?” moment when you come to find they were on your head the whole time.
I think in our human nature, we can become frazzled with anxieties, worries, missing answers, and stressful obstacles and we forget to do the obvious thing - ask for the Lord’s help to see clearly. One of the most “bumper-sticker-worthy,” saint quotes, in my opinion is “pray, hope, and don’t worry,” by Saint Padre Pio. Such an awesome reminder to carry throughout my day, but I rarely actually remember it.
Herod could have met Jesus Christ, in person, but his vision was blinded by his sinful lifestyle choices that he “kept trying to see him,” in all the wrong places. John the Baptist was unafraid to preach of repentance and did not cower in fear of those who may not like his message. Herod imprisoned John, but liked to hear what he had to say. Herod’s issue was that he did not heed John’s warning and continued to carry on in his wicked ways. Herod’s pride and selfishness blurred his spiritual vision, so he could not recognize the power of Christ that he was obsessed with finding.
We have the power and choice to wipe our eyes of our blurred vision, right now, to pray for clarity, to receive the guidance of Christ, and to have our eyes be opened to the Truth of His love.
Oftentimes the peace I am frantically trying to find when I’m overwhelmed, is like a pair of glasses, obviously right in front of me and found when I pause in order to remember who the Giver of peace is. It is He whom I ought to set my sights on at all times, but I often need the reminder to wipe my eyes clean of my blurry sight of selfishness that I typically only choose to see.
Let’s not be like Herod in our Gospel today, who only saw himself through his prideful lens, but let us lift our gaze upon Him who is gently guiding us to see His Light and Heavenly vision in all things. It is easy to forget that with Christ we are never lost, rather we are found, welcomed, and seen.
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 do I feel frazzled about right now?
Where do I need the Lord to help me see clearly?
Where am I looking for Jesus? Am I looking in the wrong places?
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.
"Help me see clearly."
"I fix my eyes on God."
"Wipe away my selfishness and pride."
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?
Take the time to clear away anything that is preventing you from seeing God clearly - selfishness, pride, anger, etc.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katy Praetzel, a worship leader in Pittsburgh, PA.
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