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).
“At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD, because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet” (1 Samuel 3:7).
Around New Year’s, I was reflecting on what the past decade had looked like for me. At first, I bemoaned to God how I wasn’t as far along in my life as I had expected to be and that I am far from being the saint he created me to be. But then I realized that I was looking at my time all wrong, for it was at the beginning of this past decade that I began to take my faith seriously.
Prior to 2010, the Catholic faith was the faith of my parents. I believed it to be true because I trusted them, but it wasn’t until I was in eighth grade and began Confirmation classes that I realized that I needed to invest in my relationship with God. I knew who he was, but I was not familiar with God in a personal way.
Fast forward to 2020, and my life has been transformed by my relationship with the Trinity. Now the presence and voice of God are familiar to me. It may not be clear as the voice of God was to Samuel, but once in a while, it is clear enough to break through my stubbornness.
Hearing the voice of God is difficult. While we want to hear him in the same way that we hear our friends and family, Scripture tells us that God prefers to reveal himself in the quiet, like a whisper on the wind or a thought tugging at your heart.
This year, resolve to become more familiar with God. Maybe you are just starting to form a personal relationship with the Trinity; maybe you are farther along. Wherever you find yourself, establish daily habits to learn to hear the voice of God better. Lectio Divina is the perfect place to start as it guides us to reflect on God’s very word as revealed through Scripture.
Once you know God’s voice, we can be like Samuel, ready to respond to the Lord’s call to be saints in our daily lives.
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.
Where have I seen progress in my walk with Christ?
When and where did my walk with Christ begin?
How will I continue my walk with Christ and respond to His call in this season?
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.
"Lord, let me hear your voice."
"Lead me, Lord."
"Walk with me, Lord."
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?
Pray about and decide on one new way that you will become more familiar with Christ this season.
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