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).
In today's first reading we hear the Lord speaking to Nathan to give words to David.
How interesting this is that God speaks to one person to communicate with another. Why didn't God just speak to David directly?
Well sometimes it's difficult for us to hear the voice of God on our own. We might be stubborn, distraught, or maybe just too far from Him to hear His voice. This doesn't mean that God isn't speaking. It just means we might need some help hearing the correct voice and so He communicates through other people.
This makes me think of our saint for today, St Francis de Sales. He is the patron saint of the deaf. When he was a priest he met a man who couldn't hear and so in order to teach this man the Gospel he developed his own form of sign language to communicate with the man and teach him the love of Christ. You see Francis knew God and so communicated the love he knew to the deaf man. In fact, you who are reading this reflection today know the love of God and can hear His voice God. So will you be a Francis? Will you be a David who not just hear the voice of God but acted? Be bold and act in a way that communicates God's love to another!
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.
Do you ever struggle to hear the voice of God? What can you do to hear His voice more clearly?
How do you respond to what God is calling you to? How can you be more open to whatever call calls you to?
How far would you go to follow God? Are you willing to give up everything for Him? Why or why not?
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.
"Here I am, Lord."
"Help me hear Your voice"
"I love you, 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?
Do some research on Saint Francis de Sales today. Learn more about this great saint, and try and read some of his works (Introduction to the Devout Life is a great one). Let him be a spiritual guide for you today, and try to hear God's voice through his words.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Kyle Manno, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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