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).
Football season is back, and I honestly don’t think I could be more excited. For the next few months, I get to proudly wear my J.J. Watt jersey in hopes that maybe this year the Texans will finally make it to the Super Bowl. Even though I live in Illinois now, I still receive weekly updates from my family and friends about how Texas A&M and University of Houston did that weekend. I still reminisce with old high school friends about the big rival games between local schools and fall homecoming games. Being from Texas, football is essentially a way of life (Friday Night Lights is not an exaggeration, y’all). As Texans, we cannot help but love football and want to share this love with anyone and everyone. Whether it’s a football or baseball, a movie star or a favorite saint, when we feel passionate about something, we cannot help but share what we love.
We share what we love. We don’t try to hoard it and just keep it to ourselves. Love, by nature of its very being, must not be only received but must be given and shared. This idea takes on an even deeper meaning when we look at our relationship with the Lord. When we truly encounter Christ and experience his light and love, we can’t help but be filled that light and love and desire to share it with those around us. Those who hear the Word must become a light to others. That is the heart of evangelization. In fact, when it comes to God, it’s impossible to hoard or contain Him.
Our faith was never meant to be lived alone. We live our faith in community, and as the Church, we share a common love for the Lord. Evangelization is not simply another duty or requirement of us as Christians. Evangelization naturally flows forth from our love for the Lord and our desire to share what we love with everyone we encounter. Consequently, Christ’s light should radiate from every aspect of our lives and everything we do. It’s not always easy, but when we allow God to work in and through us, He will do amazing and beautiful things.
Go out and share the light with everyone you encounter. Be radiant with joy.
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.
How do I share Christ’s light with others?
Am I a joyful follower of Christ?
Do I truly love the Lord with all my heart?
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.
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
“Lord, let your light shine through me.”
“Lord, make me a vessel of your love.”
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?
Think of someone who is in need of Christ's light in their life, and go share it with them!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Assistant Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.