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 are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Today's scripture, while easy to quote, or be inspired by, I tend to find very challenging. First, I have never liked salt, so that part is just lost on me (I am only mildly kidding). But more than that, I get overwhelmed by the idea of being a light to the world. Often my first thought is I'm not good enough to be a light to the world. I'm far from perfect, I need to go to confession, more often than I do, I find different aspects of the church teaching challenging and hard. How can I be that example to others?
But Jesus calls us to be that example. And a real true example of faith in the messiness of today's world is what we all need.
Have you noticed that it's the false facades that are the easiest to fall and shatter? Maybe it's the worship leader who steps away, or admits guilt or sin. Maybe it's the instagrammer who looks like they have the perfectly filtered Christian life or the person you look up to that gets accused of something less than being Christian.
What we need to be is our true authentic self; who the Lord created us to be. We need to admit when we are struggling, or reach out and research what we don't understand. We need to engage in conversations where we can ask the hard questions about ourselves and our faith. This is how we grow. This is how we can actually be the light.
The other night I sat with a group of women and we each shared what challenges us, what helps us to grow, who we follow on Instagram, and what we are doing to impact our faith. Creating community where we can come together helps us to continue to live out our faith.
Being a light to the world doesn't mean we need to be perfect, doesn't mean we need to have it all together, it just means we need to be striving for holiness.
What are you doing to strive for holiness?
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.
How do I respond to the desire for greatness that I was created for in my heart?
What would make me truly happy?
Where am I supposed to work and study? Who am I supposed to be vulnerable with? How am I supposed to get along with my family?
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.
The Lord has a plan for my life.
The Lord's plan is good.
I will follow 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?
Think of some ways, both big and small, that you can sanctify your work today and make sure that whatever tasks you are doing, big or small, are for God's glory. Then, put those into action. Be productive, do what you need to do, and do it in light of your love for the Lord and His calling in your life.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Kendzior, Junior High Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.