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).
Does it ever happen to you where you feel like you’ve read a bible verse a thousand times already, yet you read it again and you notice something you’ve never noticed before? Or you think of something you’ve never thought of before? That happened to me with today's gospel.
What I never noticed before was how the man ran up to Jesus just like a child would. He knelt down right in front of him excitedly looking up to him, like a little kid would when his teacher is about to read his favorite picture book to the class. The man came to Jesus just as Jesus often told people to- like a child. Though there is one big difference. When you continue reading you see that instead of entrusting Jesus to take care of his material needs, just as a child would of his parents, the man walks away not willing to give up all he thinks he needs/wants. Jesus presented the man with a decision and instead of choosing Jesus, he walks away sad.
If you think about how a typical child would take care of himself, you might picture a sugary, greasy, and otherwise unhealthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kid would most definitely be enjoying himself, but he is lacking the nutrition he needs to grow and thrive. We know how that story goes… sooner or later all of those decisions are going to catch up with the kid. Jesus is asking the man in the gospel to choose Him, yet the man does not.
While Jesus even refers to his disciples as children in this gospel, that doesn’t mean he is giving us permission to be childish. God is calling us to something greater than what that man chose. We are called to be like a child, to put our total dependency on God, and not to worry what we are to lose on this earth. Instead, we are to look to Him with eagerness of anticipation for what is to come!
Would you choose Christ? Are you willing to give up everything you have, everything you’ve worked for, everything you want to become… for Christ? For me, I think about how I am just months away from graduating college. All of the long nights studying, all of the school breaks preparing for the next semester, all of the other difficult obstacles I overcame- could I give up my diploma if Jesus asked me to? This diploma is my gateway for the rest of my life I have planned!
I think the man walked away sad either because (1) he realized he chose worldly gratification rather than eternal happiness or (2) he didn’t understand that giving up his worldly possessions to follow Christ would make him happier than he ever thought possible.
Though God may or may not ask me to give up my diploma for Him, I sure hope that I will choose to follow Jesus in every small and big decision. I pray this for you too!
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 is your relationship with God like? How is He calling you to be closer to Him?
When I am looking at my relationship with God am I being childish or child like?
How can I choose Christ 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.
"I choose Christ."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. The Kingdom of Heaven is for those who are determined to enter it." - St. John Paul II
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 Lord bear fruit in you today?
Reflect on yesterday. Where did you have the opportunity to choose Christ, but instead you turned from Him. How can you choose Him today?
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie LoBosco, a student at the University of Dayton studying Music Therapy.