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).
From the beginning of time, the Lord has been pursuing each one of us. We may hear often about the Lord pursuing us, but I think it can be really difficult to understand in a tangible way. We read in today’s first reading that, “[God] fixed the ordered seasons and the boundaries of their regions, so that people might seek God.” The Lord is pursuing us by continuing to reveal himself to us. In every season, we see a beauty and an order that points us back to God himself. I’ve lived in both sweltering Houston summers and polar vortex Chicago winters, and while I can’t say I particularly enjoyed either, the Lord was still offering me opportunities to seek Him in those seasons of my life. Often, I’m the one failing to take advantage of those opportunities, typically due to my own laziness or being “too busy” pursuing other things. God is in the ordinary. He is in the everyday circumstances of this life. He is pursuing you and seeking you in the ordinary and in the messiness of each day. While he is particularly present in the Eucharist and in tabernacles around the world, the Lord is also calling out to you at every moment of your day.
Christ is not far from you. In this season of your life, you may feel closer to the Lord than ever before, or you may not feel his presence at all. Our relationship with God is not always going to look pretty and perfect and wrapped with a nice ribbon. Sometimes it is a messy seeking, groping, and finding as we read about today. The important thing is that we never stop seeking or groping for the Lord. Even in the dark corners, we can grasp for the light which the Lord wishes to shine in them. It is in these moments that we can find the Lord pursuing us. When we take the time to seek Him, we begin to realize that He was already there all along.
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 is holding me back from seeking Christ fully?
What does this season of my life currently look like? In this season, am I feeling close to the Lord or far from Him?
Where in my life do I currently find the Lord pursuing me?
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.
"Christ is not far from any of us."
"Seek and find."
"Christ is present."
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?
Clear away whatever is holding you back from pursuing the Lord fully in return.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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