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 love the friendship between Paul and Timothy that is made clear in today’s Gospel.
Paul, writing to Timothy, is ultimately reminding Timothy of the greatness he was created for, even in the midst of suffering and hardship. Paul is very clearly inspired by Timothy’s faith, and in turn, Paul wants Timothy to continue to inspire others through his testimony and ministry.
However, if I were Timothy, I would imagine this letter would be tough to read. His dear friend is writing to him from prison and encouraging him to do the very same thing that sent his friend to prison. In this moment, Timothy was most likely very discouraged and even afraid to preach the Gospel. But, even in the hardest of times, Paul was there to encourage Timothy in his ministry.
We all have and need people in our lives that help us fan into flame the spirit of God within us. Preaching the Gospel isn’t always easy, but we can find strength in numbers and in finding someone that helps us unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. You possess the gift of God.
Are you ready to stir it into flame? The Lord wants to work through you, but often we allow fear to hold us back. Find someone who will help you conquer those fears and unleash the power and love of the Lord in your life. This was Paul’s desire for Timothy, and this is my desire for you today. Continue to encourage one another on this journey with Christ.
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.
Who are friends in your life who challenge you to grow in your faith?
How well do you rely on the strength of others when you face challenges in sharing your facing? How can you do a better job of trusting in the help of those around you?
In what ways is the Lord calling you to share your faith with others 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.
"Stir it into flame."
"Come, Holy Spirit."
"Give me your strength."
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?
Reach out to a friend or family member who challenges you in your faith and supports you as you seek to share your faith. Spend some time talking with them and building that relationship, letting God speak to you through them.
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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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