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 Lord remembers his covenant for ever.
It’s safe to say that God doesn’t forget His promises. We see this in the Bible all the time, but for right now, think about what this means. God, the one outside of time and space itself, wouldn’t ever let something as ultimately inconsequential as time get in the way of His love for us. God, the One who created the laws and workings of this universe, would break them all in an instant just to reach out to you and help you when you needed it most.
The best part is, I guarantee that there have been times where God has reached down to help you, in big moments and in small, and you may not have even realized it. That’s the thing; God made a promise to us, one we see reiterated in today’s Gospel, that He will never leave us alone, never ask too much of us or refuse us the rest we need. Rather, He’s the One with us through it all, through the work and the rest, having been through it all Himself.
This is where God’s declaration to Moses at the burning bush ties it all together: when He says “I AM”, He’s revealing Himself as both the all-powerful God who has complete reign over everything as well as the God of the living, of the current moment, perpetually by our side. He didn’t say “I AM who was” or “I AM who will be”; our God is a living and ever-present God, loving us in the never-ending present moment and revealing Himself to us in this moment. While a confusing answer to Moses’ question of “who are you?”, it’s an answer that ultimately says that He is a mysterious God beyond human comprehension, yet also One who would literally rather die than not be close to you.
When God says to Moses “I AM”, He’s declaring Himself to be above all else, yet still willing to come down to the human level to spend each waking moment with us personally. He’s still saying these things to you personally just as He told Moses. God never forgets His promises to us, always offers us rest in His heart, and perpetually loves us with more love than we will ever know.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever. These truths above are part of the covenant He made with us, and no matter where you are, you can rest in these today and know that they are true.
He loves you.
He’s always present with you.
He’s not giving up on you.
In every day, every struggle and every triumph, whenever you might need this, don’t be afraid to talk to God about these things; after all, the Lord remembers his covenant forever.
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 in my life have I felt God reach down and help me?
How is God made present in my life?
Do I feel like I can trust that God is always with me? How can I grow in this trust?
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.
"You are faithful.”
“You remember me.”
“Jesus, I trust in 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?
Trust that the Lord remembers His covenant and remembers you. Look to see how God makes Himself present to you today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Tatiana Schaffer, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Engineering and Psychology.
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