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).
What an interest passage from the early church we heard in today's first reading! It's a cool thing to sometimes take ourselves mentally back to what that experience of the early church was like. Christ had died, risen, ascended, and send the Holy Spirit. Now, the apostles are traveling to bring his love and his presence with them everywhere they go.
In the midst of this, you sort of feel for Apollos. He's an educated jew who has heard the message of Jesus and believed! The only problem is ... he missed a super important part. Apollos knows who Jesus is and what he taught, but he missed the part about baptism. Some of the women take him aside, the brothers encourage him, and eventually it all gets cleared up and he teaches properly.
I love how gentle that conversation sounds. They pulled him aside and explained to him that he was missing a huge part in baptism. Without baptism, of course, the message of Jesus loses its power because it is through the baptism of Jesus, by which we die to sin and death and rise to new life in the Holy Spirit, that we are given life! And so Apollos needed to be corrected. And he was corrected, encouraged, and then sent to continue teaching.
Sometimes I think we assume that the way to spread our faith is to be sure we have it all figured out, have all the answers, and speak only in the moments when it's clear we need to speak. The early church, and in particular this story with Apollos, show us that it is way simpler than that. We should always be trying to form our mind, but preaching isn't about having it figured out: it's about knowing Jesus and wanting to share him. If we are wrong about something, we let ourselves be taught the truth and then get back in the game, but we don't wait until we've learned everything to start sharing Jesus. We share Jesus, and when we're wrong, we let the Church pull us aside and point us back in the right direction.
Let's get out there and, like Apollos, speak and teach about Jesus in our lives today.
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 are some areas of the faith that are confusing to you and you want God to help you understand better today?
How do you spend time in your life learning the faith and growing in it so that your wrong ideas can be corrected?
Where is God calling you to speak about who he is in your life today? Who in your life needs the message that Jesus is Savior and loves them? How can you share that message?
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 are the Christ."
"You are my hope."
"Jesus, I trust in 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's prayer was prepared by Jason Theobald, Executive Director of Carpe Verbum.
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