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).
When I’m learning how to do something new, I like to watch other people. I like to learn from them. I just joined a gym and I was about to do a deadlift squat for the first time. I needed guidance. I needed someone to show me exactly what to do. Someone to show me rep for rep what it should look like. I didn’t know how to do it. I needed a teacher. Back at home, however, my five year old daughter often tells me that she knows how to do everything. A few months back, she told me she knew how to crack an egg. And well, long story short, she didn’t.
As people, we need guidance and someone to teach us the way. My husband loves to learn skills on Youtube. Even in our technology filled world, we are still seeking guidance. Learning ways to apply makeup, fix a broken toilet, or whatever, we are drawn to learn from others.
Today’s psalm points us to the best teacher: The Lord. On this Monday morning, it’s a good reminder to turn our attention to the Lord and ask Him to teach us His ways. In this season of busy schedules, finals, and the rest of the world celebrating Christmas already, it’s easy to lose sight of HIS way. When we go to the Lord and ask Him to show us the way, He shows up. He comes into our lives and our hearts and shows us the way. On that holy night in Bethlehem, the Lord Jesus showed up for us. He showed up for us as a tiny little baby. Humble. Surrounded by the messiness of the world, He entered into our lives to teach us. “In your kindness remember me,” says the psalm. He remembers you. He came into that stable for you. He allowed Himself to be small so that He could show us the way. The Lord knows we need teachers. He knows we need people to guide us step by step, rep by rep, egg crack by egg crack. So He came. He doesn’t just guide the humble. He became humble. He doesn’t just remember kindness and goodness. He is kindness and goodness.
We can turn our eyes and hearts to the Lord this Monday morning. “Teach me your ways, O Lord.” Show me the way. Guide my hands and feet step by step.
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.
When is one moment of your life you have needed a teacher? What is a moment you needed the Lord to be your teacher?
How has the Lord shown up for you?
How has the Lord's kindness changed you?
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.
"Teach me your ways, O Lord."
"He shows up."
"Guide my hands and feet."
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?
What is one area of your life you need Jesus to teach you? Maybe it is to be patient? Or more humble? Ask the Lord to be your teacher.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Megan Kramer, a parishioner at St. Mary's Parish in Huntley, IL.
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