Step #1 - Clear the Mind.Yeah, no real distractions this morning. The only distraction was an ad on the USCCB website!
Today's readings can be found here. I read each of the readings 3 times today before something really began to speak to me.
Step #2 - Read the Scriptures
Step #3 - Join the Story
Today I simplly listened as though I were an Apostle. I imagined us sitting quietly on a hillside somewhere as Jesus gave us this heart-to-heart talk.
Step #4 - Talk/Listen to God
Do not be afraid. This stood out to me today. There is so much to be fearful of in our culture today that it can feel overwhelming. Today's reading reminded me that I have nothing to fear. I shouldn't be afraid of those who may make fun of my faith or even persecute me for it. I shouldn't fear that I'm insignificant in the eyes of God. He cares for even the sparrow! How much more for an adopted son! The only fear that I should have is of offending the Lord, the one who can "destroy body and soul" in hell. If I love God, that fear should be far from my mind.
Dear Lord, help me to be fearless. Help me today to completely abandon myself to your Divine Providence. Give me the strength to trust you, as the Psalm said, "your decrees are worthy of trust." Help me not to be afraid but rather be like Isaiah and cry out, "Here I am, Lord. Send me!"
Step #5 - Bonus Step - ThanksgivingDear Lord, thank you for this time of prayer and meditation. Thank you for another day to know you, to love you, and to serve you. Thank you for all of the people joining us during these 30 days. Help us all to grow in our love for you and one another! Thank you for making us fearless this day!
Today is Saturday, I would encourage you to pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Here are the Joyful Mysteries as seen by St. Joseph.