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).
I remember, as a young teen, one of the first times that my parents trusted me to stay at home alone and "babysit" my younger sister. It was a BIG deal, and I felt SO "adult" at the time. My parents trusted us to know how to behave while they were gone for a couple of hours, much like St. Paul writes in today's first reading. However, my mother can still tell you, in detail, how the night quickly devolved. Long story short, it may or may not have ended with my sister calling my mom in tears because she had bright red five-star on her back... Needless to say, I was in some trouble after that night and definitely needed to go to Confession...
There was definitely some trust broken that night. My parents had given me some great responsibility in their household that night. How much more so has the Lord entrusted to us our time here on earth and in his household (the Church) for us to use that time well and behave in a way that glorifies him. When we misbehave, the writing is on the wall (well really on our soul).
I think sometimes we can sneak our sins past God, that maybe he won't notice, but the mark sin leaves on our souls is just as visible and known to God as a bright red five-star. The responsibility of Christian living is not one to be taken lightly or treated flippantly. The Church, "the pillar and foundation of truth," is meant to be the home where we find rest and guidance. The mysteries that we proclaim are not meant to merely be spoken but to animate our very souls.
Sometimes this means reexamining the way we are living. Even if we don't feel God's presence, that isn't an excuse to give up on living out Christian virtue or act like rebels without a cause. While none of us are perfect and all of us fall short, we must constantly resolve to stand back up and start again, until the day when we come face to face with the Lord.
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 have I been living lately?
Are they any behaviors, sins, or things I need to change about the way I am living?
How has the Church guided me and how am I helping take care of the Church and her members?
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 see me."
"You know me."
"I return to you."
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 sometime to examine how you are living today. Christ already knows everything, so do not be afraid to return to him and begin again.
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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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