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).
This reading is rich with so many wonderful things! I hope you have taken/will take the time to reflect more on what this reading means to you- what stands out to you!
The part of this reading that really tugged at my heart was “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness.”
The chief priests and elders were threatening Peter and John, looking for a way to punish them, to which they stood their ground, in the name of Jesus. They came back to their community to tell them all what had happened, and the community immediately began praying to God. They did not pray asking for the threats to go away, but trusted that God would take care of what needed to be taken care of and just asked that they may do His will in all that was happening.
How often do we wish and pray for something bad to go away rather than pray and hope the best can be made out of that bad thing? We wish it away instead of embracing the cross. For God can make something good come out of a hopeless situation. We can't forget that the resurrection started with the crucifixion. For example, like with Peter and John, those difficult situations could be a great time to ask God for courage and have an opportunity to practice being bold, grow from that experience, and evangelize to others in the process. These difficult situations could be big or small, they are all important!
Seize them all, and don’t forget that God never intended for us to have to face these difficult (or any kind of) situations alone. As I’m sure you’ve heard a thousand times; it’s true, God is always with us! And not just that, but God also gives us each other. The heading for this section is “Prayer of the Community”… Peter and John were the ones who were directly threatened by the chief priests and elders, yet everyone else prayed just as fervently. That’s what we are called to do, pray with and for each other. After all, we are all one body in Christ!
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 do I ask God to take away my suffering? How can i ask God for strength in my suffering?
Do I place my hope in the resurrection? Do I use my suffering and trials for God's good?
Do I try to handle difficult situations on my own? Do I let God in? Do I let the community in?
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.
"We are one body in Christ."
"Our hope is the Resurrection."
"Grace through suffering."
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?
Think about the struggles you are facing in your lift. Spend some time lifting them up in prayer and asking God to use them for good.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie LoBosco, a student at the University of Dayton studying Music Therapy.