STEP #1: LECTIO / READ
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).
“…we are the most pitiable people of all.”
Do you ever think about that? Be honest. Do you ever start to pity yourself for being Catholic? I mean, there are a LOT of rules you have to follow when you’re Catholic, and a biggie is sometimes doing something you don’t want to or don’t feel comfortable doing. And UGH. Catholic people are just. so. WEIRD. Soooooo countercultural. Like, who cares if you tell a little lie or share the latest gossip with your best friend? It’s not THAT big of a deal. And seriously, premarital sex is basically glorified in Hollywood, right? In the eyes of mainstream society, Catholics are missing out on life.
Hmm. It seems like mainstream society did not read the rest of Paul’s letter. We, as Catholics, would be the most pitiable people of all if Christ was not actually raised from the dead because that would mean that Jesus was not God (go read some good C.S. Lewis about Jesus being a liar, lunatic, or Lord, if you want to get into that deeper).
Perhaps you feel like you’re putting a lot on the line being Catholic. Maybe you feel like you did a long time ago, but you’re pretty content with how it has played out. Perhaps you have some people in your life that you know are feeling that kind of weight right now.
There is so much joy in the knowledge that Christ has been raised from the dead. That means that those who give their lives to Christ do not perish. That means that it is okay to feel like you are putting a lot on the line. It is okay for you to put your whole self into it. It is okay to live radically for Christ. Your faith is not vain.
Notice the role that Jesus Christ plays in this. It is because of HIS death and resurrection that our faith is not vain. If you ever feel tempted to pity yourself for the “cost” of being Catholic, look to the cross and see what the price truly is. Entrust yourself to the Sacred Heart and allow Him to fill you up while you’re pouring all of yourself out.
STEP #3: ORATIO / PRAY
These questions are used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart.
Do I ever pity myself for being Catholic? Why?
Why am I Catholic? Why do I choose to live radically for Christ?
How can I completely empty myself so as to be filled entirely by God?
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.
Thank you, Jesus, for paying the price of my own sins.
Lord, I empty myself for you to fill me.
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?
Carry a crucifix around with you today to remind yourself that Jesus Christ died AND has been raised. Your faith is not vain.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie LoBosco, a student at the University of Dayton studying Music Therapy.