Examen – Week 1
A guided examination of consciousness related to Sloth
Spend a few moments in silence…
Become aware of God’s presence (know that God is present with you by his Holy Spirit)…
Think back over the day:
• Think about the people you encountered and your interactions with them.
• What did you work on today?
• What were your primary emotions today?
Are you deeply disappointed or disillusioned? Tell God about that. Be specific. What about your life is not what you had expected, wanted, or bargained for?
In the midst of your current day to day, is it easier to skim the surface and be distracted than to notice the deep suffering of your soul? What are you avoiding?
Is there anything in your life you know that God is calling you to do, and you know it would bring about greater life in Christ, but you are hesitant to do it? What is holding you back?
What would bring about greater trust in God and faith in His goodness about your current life?
Are there people in your life who are easier to avoid than to love? How do you handle that? If the love of God is our impetus of all our action, is God asking you to do anything in regards to this person?
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Offer a prayer of confession:
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Spend a few moments praying and asking God, “What is the work of love you are asking me to do right now?” Ask for the Holy Spirit to illumine how you might be joined to Christ in your day to day.
Remind yourself of the goodness God has given you as part of His family, for all eternity.
Give thanks that despite our sin and failings we have a saviour, Jesus, who we are united to by faith so that his life becomes our life, and so we are fully accepted by God.
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord’. 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
End your time of reflection by offering thanksgiving for all that God brings to mind. Don’t be afraid to name seemingly insignificant things about your day to day.