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, is this Lent? These readings are those kinds of tough readings we get during Lent when we’re supposed to be contemplating our own sinfulness and need to return to the Lord more closely and walk more faithfully along with Him. But, August 20? I mean come on. Cut me some slack here. Summer is just winding down. We’ve got Labor Day around the corner. It’s still corn on the cob and pistachio salad season!
I guess upon further reflection, there’s no bad time to recognize the need for reform in our own lives, especially in our own hearts. Our Psalm today cries out to the LORD, “Create a clean heart in me, O God.” It reminds me of that beautiful prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, “Make my heart like unto Thine.”
What’s the Heart of Jesus like? What does it desire? What does it love? Does it hate anything? What would the Heart of Jesus hate? What does it desire or long for? Today, as we reflect upon the goodness of summer and corn on the cob as well as the constant need for deeper conversion, let’s make our prayer, “Jesus, make my heart like unto Thine.”
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 Jesus' heart like? What does it love? What would the Heart of Jesus hate? What does it desire or long for?
How is your heart like Jesus'? In what ways is your heart unlike His?
How can you let Jesus even deeper into your heart and life so that He can create and renew your heart?
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.
"A clean heart create for me, O God."
"A steadfast spirit renew within me."
"Have mercy on me, I love 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?
It's time for some inner reflection. Spend time prayer, having a journal with you would be helpful, and really meditate on Jesus' heart. Then, take a look at your own. In what ways are you striving to have a heart like Jesus? What are the parts of your heart that are very unlike His heart? Very intentionally and explicitly, invite Jesus into your heart. Give it over and don't hold back. Let the short prayer, “Jesus, make my heart like unto Thine" be the soundtrack of your day.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Jon Bakkelund, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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