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).
"God created man in His image; in the divine image He created him; male and female He created them."
The creator of the universe, created you. He decided that you were important. He WANTS you here. We owe our entire existence to God Himself. Our lives are not our own. We hear that phrase over and over again. (Especially if you're a "regular" youth-grouper or retreat goer.) But as often as you here it, do you really live it out?
"Our lives are not our own." What does that even mean? It means that we were given a purpose. This is not our time to waste. God has allowed us to live in this time. That means that this is His time for us. It is our time to respond to Him. To follow His will with everything we have. To become like Him. To know Him. And by knowing Him we know ourselves.
So, How do we get to know God? Do we study Him, like we do a science? Do we practice with Him like we're studying math or learning a sport? Actually, the answer is neither. We get to know Him like we get to know a person. You wouldn't study your best friend like you would a science textbook? You would talk to them, get to know them, ask them questions about who they are. You would form a relationship with them. Daily prayer is how we get to know God. We talk to Him. We read His words. We sit with Him and spend time with Him in prayer and in the Mass. In getting to know God, we can better see how we were created in His image. We can better understand who we were made to be and we can then live that out.
My brothers and sisters, we have one chance to live this life, to do our best to love each other, to do our best to love God, and He will take care of the rest. God Bless and God's peace be with you.
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.
We were made in the image and likeness of God. What is your image of God? How does your understanding of God help you to better know yourself?
What is your relationship with God? How do you talk with Him? Would you describe God as a friend? Why or why not?
What purpose do you think God has for you? How can you live that out?
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.
"Our lives are not our own."
"God created man in His image."
"I want to know you 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 Lord bear fruit in you today?
Today, ask God to call you into a deeper relationship with Him. What do you want to know about Him? What are you seeking? Sit with the Lord with your questions.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Ron Nakis, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville studying Theology and Catechetics.