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).
I’ll admit, whenever I start to read Matthew’s Gospel, I tend to just skim through this list of names in Jesus’ genealogy and skip to the exciting part - the birth of Jesus! But I know and believe that our God is intentional and that the Holy Spirit inspired St. Matthew to include Jesus’ genealogy for a reason.
When we read the names in Jesus’ family tree and recount many of their stories from the Old Testament, we realize that they were a lot of imperfect people that God used to bring about his plan of salvation. Rahab was a prostitute. Abraham didn’t trust God and cheated on his wife. David also committed adultery. And yet God still saw beyond all of their sins and changed the course of history through them.
God had a plan from the beginning of time to bring Jesus into the world over two thousand years ago, and He had a plan to bring you into the world as well. Where you come from might not be perfect and it might be broken, but God brought you into our world at this moment in time for a particular purpose. God knew every person in Jesus’ family tree that would lead up to him, and He has known, from the beginning of time, every person in your family tree leading up to you (and beyond you).
We live in a broken world filled with broken people and broken families. This time of year reminds us that even in the midst of our brokenness, the Lord is still moving and working. He still has great plans for our world and for each one of us.
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 brokenness in the world? In my life?
Where do I see hope in the world? In my life?
How do I see the Lord's plan for my life unfolding?
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.
"God has a plan for my life."
"Heal our world."
"Heal my heart."
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 your genealogy and the ways that God has worked throughout your family tree. If you aren't certain about your genealogy or don't know many stories, take some time and ask a parent or family member!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Super.