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).
I feel like so often we get caught up in the wrong details, the wrong priorities, and that can quickly mess up the way we think and act. It is so subtle sometimes, but so dangerous. It is good that we do good for others, but does that become a god for us? It is good that we make our churches as beautiful as possible, but do we forget the God we are making it beautiful for and because of?
We need to look at our intentions and our priorities and really humble ourselves and ask “which is greater?” We need to start putting more energy into the greatest things first. We need to stop worrying about the lesser things because we all know there are some really important issues we need to work through these days. We need to keep our eyes fixed on Christ and keep Him as our light or we can get lost in the chaos of everything else.
Thank God that He is greater than I am and greater than my sin. Thank God that He is always greater. Let’s hope and pray that in the toughest of times we remember that He is greater.
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 are my priorities today?
What good things will I do today? What are my intentions behind those actions?
Where should I be focusing my energy today?
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.
"Great are you, Lord."
"I live for you."
"For your glory."
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?
Think of all the decisions you will make today, no matter how big or small, and take a short moment to pray about your motivation and intention behind those decisions.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sean Norris, a theology teacher at JSerra Catholic High School in Orange County, CA.
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