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).
When I read today’s passage, I thought about how the apostles would be feeling as they listened to Jesus. It doesn’t sound so great-sheep in the midst of wolves, scourging, hatred. But right in the middle of the passage, Jesus tells them not to worry.
You aren’t painting the most beautiful picture of what we are going into here! But we shouldn’t worry? And Jesus is saying, yes, all these hard things may happen to you, BUT you will not be alone. No matter what comes their way, the Holy Spirit will be there as their advocate and guide. Even if these horrible things come upon you (and they probably will), He will not leave you.
Quite honestly, I need to hear these words right now. I am often so overcome with the worry of the world that I neglect to see the Creator of the world’s presence in my life. I want to follow Jesus.
My heart believes that with every fiber of its being. But my hands and head get in the way.
What is this going to look like Lord? How will I know what to say? How will I know what to do? When will I know if it’s the right time or the wrong time? If someone asks me about You, what should I say? What will I do if this gets too difficult?
The Gospel reads, “You will be given at that moment what you are to say.” What a relief! But also, what a challenge of faith! Do I trust that when the going gets tough that God will show up for me and be there for me?
It makes me think about swimming with my children. My son loves to jump into the pool full steam ahead. Even as a small child, he would just go right over the edge without even looking for an adult to catch him. With my daughter, there was much hesitation to jump in. She needed to know and see that you were right there for her. She would hold onto my fingers so tightly I thought they’d turn blue. She needed that reassurance that I was there. That this was safe. That she was safe. I was calling her into the water and she needed to know that I was there to catch her.
In this passage, Jesus says, “I am sending you.” Jesus is sending us. He is calling us into the waters of life in search of souls. While it may look like He is sending us off the edge of the pool alone, into a den of wolves perhaps, He is not. The Holy Spirit is right there waiting for us to jump in. Jesus does not leave us alone so we need not worry. We can jump right into the pool like my son. Trusting that no matter what happens after we take that leap into the world-into the water-Jesus will show up for us. We do not need to worry.
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 questions are your 'go-to' when you're consumed with worry?
Have you considered your mission? What you're being SENT to do?
Are you worried about what to say, what to do, or what will happen when you are sent to somewhere outside of your comfort zone?
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 will follow you."
"I will go where I am sent."
"I trust you will give me the words."
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 some time today to ask the Lord where He's sending you. Write down what you need to begin your mission.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Megan Kramer, a parishioner at St. Mary's Parish in Huntley, IL.
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