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).
I was visiting classrooms last week in our Religious Education program and I was asking the children which of them go regularly to Sunday Mass. Some of them raised their hands, but a couple of them said they do not go to Mass on Sundays, they go on Saturdays. So I had to explain to them that for us Catholics, the Day of the Lord begins from sundown on Saturday until sundown on Sunday, and continued to explain to them that Saturday evening Mass is considered Sunday. We bigger folks know this as a "Vigil Mass".
The term “vigil” has been a term used by the Church to mean the evening before a feast of the highest order, called a solemnity. Hence, we all know of October 31 as Halloween, which comes from “hallowed evening” because it is the evening before the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1. On vigils, holy Mother Church prays all night in excitement for the feast of the saints. On top of that, the Vigil Office of Matins (which is now called the Office of Readings) in monasteries, religious houses and cathedral chapters (priests who are designated to chant the Divine Office in cathedrals and shrines) have extended readings and hymns in the middle of the night or at dawn to keep vigil or be vigilant for the coming feast.
The vigil of the church is, of course, in imitation of the Lord's actions, as we can see in today’s Gospel when Jesus spent the night in prayer before God before making a big decision. What was the decision? To choose the twelve apostles.
Night time is particularly a great time to pray because of the silence and because there is less possible time for anything that might disturb you. Turn your gadgets off (or put them in sleep mode) and then have a loving conversation with your Father like Jesus did.
Be vigilant at all times, especially in making difficult decisions, and you will not regret it.
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 a time you normally pray? Have you ever given yourself the chance to be quiet and pray in the evenings by silencing the noise around you?
What are some upcoming decisions you'll have to make? How can you spend some time beforehand trusting the Lord and being vigilant about His will in those decisions?
In the Gospel today, Jesus called the Apostles by name. How is He calling you to follow Him today? How can you step out in faith to trust and follow Him?
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.
"Speak, Oh Lord, I am listening."
"I long to hear Your voice."
"Jesus, I love you."
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?
Spend some time in the evening keeping vigil. Either tonight or one night in the next few weeks take a night where you turn off your devices, get rid of your distractions, and just spend time praying and have a conversation with God the Father.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Ervin Caliente, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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