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).
Gratitude. It’s hard isn’t it? I would go as far as to say it’s almost counter-cultural. We live in such fast-paced, self-absorbed world…I don’t often see people stop to give thanks, whether it is to the grocery store clerk who just helped with your bags, to your mom who just made your lunch for school, or to our God who gifted you another beautiful day to wake up too.
Life just keeps moving, and we have to keep up with it before we get left behind; or that’s what we think, anyway.
What do I love about today? It is the one day out of the whole year that we all stop to celebrate what we are thankful for. Yes, some may be in it just for the Turkey, but I truly think gratitude is “in the air” today. I mean, look at today’s Gospel: even Jesus has something to say to us about the power of gratitude!
I want to challenge you all to be like the one leper who returned to Jesus to give thanks; go out of your way to “return to someone” to give thanks today. Maybe it will be the barista who poured your coffee, or maybe it will be the clerk at the gas station who sold you a pack of gum, or your cousin who you are just grateful to have in your life. Who ever it is, make it heartfelt and sincere.
Let’s change the world today, one grateful word at a time.
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 someone you are especially grateful to on this day?
Why do you think gratitude is such an important thing? How can gratitude in your daily life help you grow in your relationship with God?
For what are you grateful to God? In what ways can you be like the leper who returned to tell Jesus He was grateful for being healed?
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.
"I love You."
"Fill my heart with gratitude."
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?
Go out of your way - at least once - to be intentionally grateful. Use your words and your actions to make sure those that you are thankful for know how you feel.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Connor Flanagan, a Youth Minister and Catholic Musician who lives in St. Paul, MN.