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).
Today’s second reading is short but powerful. I encourage you to go read it again slowly. Right now...
Welcome back! The reason I had you read it a second time is that God has a pretty direct message that He is sending through the author’s writing. We cannot be passive believers. We are called to perform good works.
There is, however, a method to how we are to live out this command. James mentions we demonstrate our faith by our works, but the faith still has to be there. In fact, it’s the starting point. Faith leads us to believe in God’s overflowing love and mercy for us. In turn, our works are to share that love and mercy with others.
My favorite movie is Les Miserables, specifically for the story of Jean Valjean. I will not share any spoilers (definitely watch it if you haven’t), but in the story Valjean robs a bishop. When he is caught, the bishop shows Valjean mercy. The mercy of the bishop leads Valjean to experience the mercy of God. Valjean goes on to share the God’s abundant mercy with everyone who comes into his path.
This is not just a fictional story. It’s a symbolic of our lives as Christians. God has prepared in advance good works for each of us to complete in this life (Ephesians 2:10). Those works will change those lives and bring others into the fold of God's mercy. Let’s take the first step to completing those works by accepting God’s love and mercy in prayer 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.
Who is God calling you to help today as an act of faith?
How can you live you live more by faith and works?
Do your actions show your faith? If yes, how? If no, why not?
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.
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Here I am Lord."
"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?
Your story is in the making. Journal your story today. Look back and see where the Lord has been present throughout your life and invite Him into the places of your heart that hold where you want your story to go.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Liam Brady, an accountant in Chicago.