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).
Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
Some weeks just seem to drag on and on and on. Those weeks there aren’t enough snooze buttons in the world to help me catch up on rest. You roll out of bed, stumble through the morning, hope against hope that no one tries to talk to you before noon. Maybe you sit through class, or go to work and there are some solid people there but you're just not feeling it today. People might ask what they can do to help; there doesn’t seem to be anything you need really it’s just a bleh week…
Is that truly living?
When the Lord speaks about life, it doesn’t seem like the burden that sometimes it can feel like day to day. The Lord’s life is one of fullness; the freedom in knowing you aren’t alone, the hope that there’s more to life than mediocrity and let downs, and the courage to share who we truly are. The sweetness of life that the Lord speaks about is possible, we but must turn to Him in our need.
Your problems aren’t ‘too small’ for the Lord to care. Your problems aren’t ‘too big’ for the Lord to be able to help. It isn’t strength to carry more than what is healthy on our own. It isn’t weakness to admit it’s heavy. Even if the last countless days have been rough, that doesn’t mean today has to be the same. The Lord sees you right where you are, and He loves you.
Turn to the Lord. He will breathe life into even the most lifeless of days because that is who He is. He can rebuild each of our lives to be made more like the heavenly kingdom; our ultimate home. It takes time to fully turn to the Lord in our frailty, but we are united as this community of believers. Let’s pray for one another, that we might have the confidence to bring the Lord all that we are and all that we do, that we might live life to the full.
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.
Are there still parts of your life that don’t seem like they have or can be touched by the Lord? If so, what are they?
How can you give the tough days to the Lord so He can make them holy?
How can you bring the love of God to others who may be having a tough day 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."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Come Holy Spirit."
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?
Pray about what you are still holding back from God and find a way to give it back to Him in a new way today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Robert Blood, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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