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).
“Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’” -Mark 4:38
Mark 4:38 is one of my favorite scripture verses, I even have a sweatshirt referencing it! It says, “Jesus took naps, be like Jesus” and it’s my most favorite thing. We are supposed to be like Jesus, are we not? Take the nap, friends!
In all seriousness, I think this scripture speaks to a few very important things, one of which is rest. I currently find myself in a perpetual state of complete exhaustion and emptiness. Come to realize, I haven’t prioritized any time lately to just rest. I often use excuses that I could be doing something better with my time, spending it with family or friends, unpacking and cleaning my new house, and the list goes on. But here I am, trying to do all of these things at the same time, and not able to do any of them well because I don’t have anything in me left to give. Resting is productive, friends. You need that rest in order to be the best version of yourself, the person Jesus created you to be, just as I do! I’m learning to protect the time that I have to rest and not fill it with anything else.
Another one is trust. I noticed, while Jesus is resting in the boat with his disciples, they’re in the midst of the storm and their first reaction is “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” They’re essentially saying “Dude?? Hellooo...we’re about to die here….” Now, imagine that situation they’re in, surrounded by a vicious storm, scared for their lives, and the only one who can do anything is asleep. I’d be a ball of anxiety. However, they know him and know they can trust him, but their trust in him is minimal, if present at all. I’m gonna be totally honest here and tell you that is probably a daily question I ask the Lord. I could do with some serious growth in the trust area of my relationship with Jesus. The last year has tested my faith and trust in big ways and I always respond with “Lord, hello? Do see what’s happening? Do you not care?”
Every time I question the Lord he shows me, yet again, that I can trust him. I look back on every situation that I think Jesus has left me and find him in every little moment. Look back on some of those moments that you thought Jesus just didn’t care. Where was he? How was he taking care of you in the middle of that storm?
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 can you be more humble to ask for Jesus' help?
What do you need Jesus to do in your life right now?
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.
"Heal me, Lord."
"I trust you."
"Lead me in your love."
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?
Ask Jesus for help today, and be humble enough to mean it.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Anna Roche, the High School Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle in Crystal Lake, IL.