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).
"You have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow."
These words from today's first reading really cut to the heart. I'm the type of person that ends each day deciding what outfit I'm going to wear the next day and double-checking my calendar and to-do list for any upcoming tasks tomorrow. I so easily get caught up in what tomorrow will look like that I'm robbed of the joy that today, this moment has to offer. Instead of reflecting on where I have seen the Lord present in the day I'm currently living in, I'm worried about what He might have in store for tomorrow. And yet this worry is not of the Lord and is often rooted in a lack of trust and gratitude in my own heart.
At every moment, the Lord is keeping us and loving us into existence. The entire span of our life lasts as long as a puff of smoke when compared to the reality of eternity. We can (and should to a certain extent) have a plan for our lives, but we must also be radically open to whatever the Lord has in store for us each day and whomever He brings into our lives. If the Lord wills that we have another day on this earth, may it glorify Him in all that we say and do.
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.
What worries you about tomorrow?
Where do you see God today?
How will you glorify God today?
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.
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Come, Holy Spirit."
"Lord, help me to see you today."
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?
Any time you catch yourself worrying about tomorrow, offer a simple prayer to the Lord and ask Him to bring peace to your heart.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Assistant Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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