“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 'Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble'” (Matt 6:33).
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LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary's own practice: lectio without the Latin.
L – Listen (Receive the Word.)
O – Observe (Choose one or more of the following personality approaches to connect the passage to your life and recent events.)
F | Franciscan – Gather a small stone for each of the things you can think of for which you are seeking, other than “the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Throw each of the stones into a pond or lake, in turn, as you are able to release them to God and His will.
I | Ignatian – Using all your senses, imagine you are one of a field full of wildflowers, dancing in the sun and breeze of God's love. As a flower, what do you worry about? Do you work and labor at growing and blooming?
A | Augustinian – What has God said to you today about worry, anger, hoarding, and/or stress? What single action can you take this week to relieve these negative feelings?
T | Thomistic – What is “the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”? Research each term in a Bible dictionary. What do you learn?
V – Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.
E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen +
*LOVE the Word® exercises are offered according to FIAT: the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Franciscan, Ignatian, Augustinian, and Thomistic: FIAT! These prayer forms correspond to the Myers-Briggs personality types.
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