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 have a sign in my room that says "There is wonder in the waiting." I received it for Christmas a few years ago, and it is one of my favorite parts of my little prayer corner. It is there along a candle and an icon of the annunciation.
The sign, as well as the icon, echo today's Gospel: the Lord is coming. Are you ready?
We move so fast, we try to do all the things. We can even fill our liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent with our ways to be prepared. And that is good, we should prepare our hearts for Him to come. But we also need to do that know, in the wonderful ordinary days that we are in the midst of. What we can't do, is lose sight of the wonder that Jesus has in store for us.
When we are prepared, waiting and seeking the Lord. Our eyes and our hearts are open to seeing all that He does for us. If we don't stop and look and reflect, we don't see it. We might be prepared, but unless we stop and truly seek, we might not see Jesus when He is knocking on our door.
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.
Are you prepared for the Lord to come today? What are you doing to prepare?
Is your heart open to seeking the Lord? Do you find wonder in Him?
Do you see your faith as a check-list? Or as a way to let Jesus into your heart? How can you invite Jesus in deeper?
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.
"There is wonder in the waiting."
"Prepare my heart."
"The Lord is coming."
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?
Stop and just be with Jesus today. Ask Him to fill your heart with wonder of His love, and look for the many ways He is with you today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Kendzior, Junior High Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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