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).
The anchors of ships have always fascinated me. Whether I’m up close on a tour of an ancient boat – like in Plymouth – or watching a movie where the anchor is thrown overboard to secure the ship, I’m fascinated by the role that an anchor plays in the life of a ship and that it actually works. There is more than one kind of anchor, but both kinds serve related purposes of securing the boat either in times of calm or danger. An anchor can play the simple role of keeping a ship secured in harbored, or it can play a more dramatic role of helping a ship to survive in troubled waters while it waits for help or for danger to pass. The anchor is a sign of hope and security for the boatman of any age.
The anchor was a favorite symbol of the early Church because of its real-world ties to hope and security. In the book of Hebrews, the author takes up this image of an anchor and uses this as a metaphor for encouragement to the Christian community both then and now. “This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil where Jesus has entered on our behalf as forerunner.” Our anchor is Jesus who is both God himself and proof of God the Father’s fidelity to his promise to humanity. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection serve as the anchor of our faith and the ground of our hope that, as Hebrews says, if he is the forerunner then we, who run behind him, will also share in his glory when our earthly lives have ended. This faith is not flimsy, but is a strong anchor that helps us stay secure in calm waters, and safe in troubled ones. There are times when we can feel adrift – in life and in our faith. Today’s readings remind us that this feeling of being adrift causes us to forget that, in reality, our souls – our mini boats – are never without an anchor who is Christ. He longs to hold us firm, to keep us secure, and to wait with us until the storm has passed.
Let us pray today with the image of the anchor as a symbol of both our faith and of Christ, inviting the Lord to speak to us through this metaphor for wisdom to navigate either the calm or troubled waters of 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 or who is the anchor of my life?
How can I hold onto you as an anchor?
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.
Lord, hear my prayer.
Holy Spirit, you are welcome here.
Bring me peace.
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?
When feeling overwhelmed or stressed today, try to remember where your peace comes from by saying, "Lord, you are an anchor for my soul".
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Today's reflection was written by Jon Polce, S.J.