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).
A few months ago I sat bedside of a ninety year old man who was preparing for death. He had never been baptized and apparently never had much interest in the faith throughout his life. Well, in the days leading up to my visit - by the grace of God, and the prayers of his family, this man opened his heart to the Lord and requested the sacraments. That bright Saturday morning when I visited, he was baptized, confirmed and received his first and last reception of Holy Communion. He “came to Jesus” in the closing days of his life on earth and the Lord did not reject him. A true moment of grace!
In the Gospel today, Jesus says, “I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” St. Mother Theresa would say, “Jesus never said - get away from me. He always said - come to me.”
The Lord has incredible graces in store for those who “come to Him.” Now we might have to take a slightly different approach than normal due to the restrictions on sacramental encounters at this time, but nonetheless, let us accept His invitation to “come to Him,” to “turn towards Him” and experience a true moment of grace. Jesus loves you!
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.
Where have I witness or experienced a "moment of grace" this month?
Have I been moving towards Jesus or running away from Jesus? Why?
What fears do I have about approaching Jesus? How will I work towards healing those fears?
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.
"Come to me."
"Turn to God."
"I am the bread of life."
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?
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. John McNamara, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
If you have anything you'd like our team to pray for, please go to the page of our website called "Prayers" and let us know how we can pray for you today.