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).
Today’s first reading opens with some powerful words from Paul to the people of Colossae.
“From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you.”
It was meant for the people of the congregation there – even though Paul wrote it from prison. There is much we can interpret from this situation and his words to the Colossians, but this first reading is clear: Paul has a prayerful concern for these people and hoped nothing but God’s truth and goodness upon them, even before he had met them. He had only heard of their situation, yet asked for good things and the light of God upon them.
This notion should cause us pause when thinking about our daily life of prayer.
Our world right now is very divided, and there a lot of wounds and temptations for judgement. We may read about or see people or groups who are struggling or think differently than us. Yet how often do we selflessly pray for God’s graces for them, and pray actual prayers of goodness of wanting “all spiritual wisdom and understanding” that they would find the knowledge of God?
What a radical way to pray.
The same idea can go for individuals as well. I have a friend that I have only met in person once, yet she is a spiritual rockstar and warrior for me. In fact, she texted me this morning: “I’ll offer my day for you tomorrow, and my Communion at noon Mass. I’ll pray Jesus gives you tons of graces and waves of peace when it feels like you are getting over your head.” She barely knows me, yet her loving and gentle way hope of prayer is such a gift and has been formative in me growing closer to the Lord.
Today, let us reflect on the people God has made us aware of, and those we have promised to pray for, and be reminded of a commitment to unceasing prayer for them. At Fatima, Mary promised graces to those who unceasingly pray the rosary. “There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
No matter which way we chose to pray, unceasing prayer for goodness of those struggling is vital for peace and God’s grace in our world. Let us be open to the people and problems God makes us aware of and keep our hearts gentle but open that God’s graces may pour out.
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.
Who is a spiritual warrior for you?
Who is in need of your prayers and intercession?
How has intercessory prayer, or the prayers of others for you, made a difference in your life and experience?
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.
"Pray without ceasing."
"Fill me with knowledge of your will."
"Bring peace into our world."
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 the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Think of one person who you can specifically pray for without ceasing throughout today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Andrea Scott, a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C.