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).
This reading gives me so much hope. Seriously though, I feel like I fall short of holiness everyday and honestly it can get discouraging. And I know I am not the only one. I know we all struggle with this. But it is still so tough sometimes.
I have been blessed to work as a Youth Minister for 6 years and going on my second year as a Theology Teacher. I have been beyond blessed to be a part of God's ministry, but if there is one thing I have learned, it is that it is not because I am any holier or better than anyone else. It is just the particular way God has called me to His mission. Yes, it is a pretty obvious way, and yes, a big responsibility, but no bigger or better than anyone else.
See, even if teach a lesson perfectly, am the best mentor or coach, and really present the Gospel as nearly irresistible; I can't be that friend someone calls when their boyfriend/girlfriend is pressuring them to be more physical, or when everyone else at the party is drinking and your friend just needs one positive influence. I can have a huge impact on this world and so can each and every one of you, even in ways you could never imagine.
In baptism we are all called to participate in the mission of Jesus. We are all called to be saints and make saints. But we are all called to do that in our own unique way. We are all sinners and we all fall short, but your "holiness" is not what makes you qualified. God's grace makes us holy and equips us, we just have to say yes.
Don't wait until you are perfect before answering the call. Even Paul was a sinner when he helped spread the Gospel and contribute to the formation of the Catholic Church. If Paul, who claims to be the greatest sinner of all can answer God's call, so can you and I. For some it may be active ministry, and for other it may be more subtle. But no matter how big or small it may seem, don't add pride to the list of sins by thinking God can't use your gift and talents while you are still growing from a sinner to a saint. Try to avoid sin, but don't avoid saying yes to God.
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 one thing that you are avoiding because you feel like you are not holy enough?
How can you work on saying yes to God while growing in holiness instead of waiting until after you are holy?
How can you accept more of God's grace into your life today?
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.
"Jesus, I trust in You."
"Come Holy Spirit."
"Guide me Lord."
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 a bold step today and sign up for that ministry, talk to that friend, or do whatever you have felt God calling you to, but have been avoiding because you didn't think you were holy enough. And then strive to be holier in the process.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sean Norris, a theology teacher at JSerra Catholic High School in Orange County, CA.
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