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).
The time to weep and laugh, scatter and gather, be born and die will come when it comes. We don’t know when those times will be and that is okay … actually, that is perfect. God let it be that way for a mysterious yet glorious reason, and we must not fight it. Although some of those times are unpleasant, it would be better if we did not wish them away, try to take control, or become anxious. In other words, we miss all of the hidden graces of Monday when we wake up in dread, counting down the days until Friday.
I currently live about 800 miles away from my soon-to-be husband. Of course I am not prancing around enthusiastic about being far away from my beloved, but there is a certain inner peace that comes periodically, reminding me that I am where I need to be right now. I wish I could say I embraced all of the difficulties and unpleasantness of this specific time with gratitude, but I often fought it instead (and not in a noble sense of the word). It is important to note that not one of those moments of inner peace came when I was fighting; rather, it was always in a moment of total surrender and acceptance to God’s Will that God gifted me with peace.
A certain novena titled “Novena of Surrender to the Will of God” written by Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo has been a special blessing to me regarding the need to surrender to God’s timing rather than fight against it. Here is a segment of day two of the novena to better articulate my thoughts regarding the importance of letting go of our desires to control time and the difficult moments we find ourselves in (written from the perspective of Jesus):
“Surrender to me does not mean to fret, to be upset, or to lose hope, nor does it mean offering to me a worried prayer asking me to follow you and change your worry into prayer … Surrender means to placidly close the eyes of the soul, to turn away from thoughts of tribulation and to put yourself in my care, so that only I act. Saying ‘You take care of it’.”
When we surrender the present moment to God, letting Him into our hearts and take control, we open ourselves up to His graces. This is not about fighting or fleeing, this is about staying, surrendering, and soaking up every bit of the graces God is pouring out onto us during the pleasant and the unpleasant appointed times for everything.
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.
Am I ready to surrender everything?
Do I trust that the Lord will take care of me if I hand it all over to Him?
Do I want to belong completely to Jesus?
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.
“O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!”
"Mother, I am yours now and forever."
"Through you and with you I always want to belong completely to Jesus."
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?
During the month of September, we ask that each day, for the Action step of our lectio divina, everyone prays a Divine Mercy Chaplet together for the healing of all victims of clerical abuse of any kind as well as for the healing and guidance of our Church.
For more information on why we are doing this or how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, click here.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie LoBosco, a student at the University of Dayton studying Music Therapy.
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