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).
As I prayed with today’s gospel reading, there was a line that felt as if Jesus was speaking it directly to me: “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” Jesus spent days, weeks, months and years of His public ministry performing “signs and wonders.” He turned water into wine, healed the sick, made the lame walk, multiplied food... the list goes on and on.
Yet after all the signs and wonders He performed, it wasn’t enough for them. People would only believe when they saw proof. Ironically, faith in Christ means believing even when we don’t have proof. We certainly have a lot of strong evidence, but we still need to make a choice to believe. In today’s gospel Jesus noticed the lack of faith in the people He ministered to.
If I’m being honest with myself, Jesus has probably noticed a similar lack of faith in me. How many times has He provided for me, protected me, answered my prayers, and more? He provided me with a loving family. He has given me good friendships throughout my life. I struggled with low self-esteem when I was younger, and He taught me that I am His beloved son. I was terrified to change from my Catholic grade school and junior high to the public high school where I didn’t know anyone, but He brought me through that experience. When I went to college the campus ministry there was dead, and I thought God had failed me. But it turned out that it was exactly what I needed to take my faith to the next level. As I doubted whether I had made the right choice in which college I attended, I met my wife there and decided that was the perfect college for me.
Every struggle. Every fear. Every doubt. Every sorrow. Everything. He has been by my side through it all. Surprising me. Overthrowing my narrow-minded expectations. Renewing me. Saving me. He has performed countless “signs and wonders” in my life.
And I still doubt Him sometimes??? “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”
Today I encourage you to reflect on the signs and wonders that the Lord has performed in your own life. It’s easy to overlook them or let the dark parts of your life overshadow them. But He has given you those signs and wonders to help you believe. Take the hint.
Sometimes, when things get really rough and it seems like He’s just not there, it can feel almost impossible to believe. Jesus has an answer for you during those times too. Are you looking for a sign? Look to the cross. Are you looking for wonders? Look to the empty tomb. Take heart, and believe.
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 signs does God give you that you overlook?
What wonders has God performed in your life?
Is it easy for you to see God working in your life?
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.
"Lord I believe."
"Help me to see you."
"Jesus, I trust ion 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?
Today, at the end of the day reflect and pray through three ways God impacted your life today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Dan Wolff, husband, father and spreadsheet extraordinaire in Crystal Lake, IL.
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