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).
We were made for freedom, but we choose slavery.
That’s what sin truly is, a form of slavery, keeping us from living a life of true abundance.
As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to ‘the slavery of sin’” (CCC No. 1733).
Our world has a distorted view of freedom. Instead of viewing freedom as the opportunity to choose the good, freedom becomes a selfish mantra to do whatever we want, usually in order to strive after some semblance of happiness.
But true freedom can mean sacrifice. True freedom is living for others and learning to put our desires — even good desires — aside for something higher, maybe for a moment, maybe for longer.
Through our baptism, we are born into a promise — a promise of eternal life, of true freedom. But through sin, through our daily actions that turn us away from God, we choose to be enslaved by imperfections or things that will not fully satisfy our longings.
But God gives us the grace to choose the path of freedom, to grow in virtue and turn away from our vices. Each morning, we are given another opportunity to accept God’s grace and follow his will.
The best way to choose to live in God’s freedom is to start the day with a simple “yes” to God. When your alarm goes off in the morning, choose to get up immediately and say a quick prayer offering the day to God. In those brief moments and with that tiny decision, you have already chosen the path to freedom. Once you’ve made that first choice, the ones throughout the day just might be easier. Then, at the end of the day, take a couple minutes to reflect on where you chose the path to freedom and said “yes” to the will of God and where you might have fallen into temptation.
Praise the Lord that God gives us each day to try again! May we take that first step in freedom today.
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 does freedom mean in our society? What does our faith tell us about freedom? What does freedom mean to you?
When is the last time you said yes to God?
How can you experience God's freedom 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.
"Here I am 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?
Commit to making a morning offering every day for at least the next week and give God your day. If you don't know a morning offering you can find one here.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Ava Lalor, an editor for a Catholic newspaper.
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