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).
As a kid, I remember going over to a friend’s house was so exciting. There were all new toys, great snacks, and endless fun. It was typically the friends with the coolest toys or the biggest pool in their backyard that I looked forward to visiting time and time again. While I admit my motives as a child were pretty shallow, there’s still something special, even as an adult, about going and visiting another home. I think a home can say so much about a person or family. There is a general sense of peace that is found in a home where you know love abides. I found myself moved by St. Luke’s words in the Gospel today:
“Into whatever house you enter,
first say, 'Peace to this household.'
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.”
When you visit someone, you want to feel love and peace. If you don’t feel peace, I think it’s fair to say that things get really uncomfortable and awkward very quickly. In a real way, the Lord sends us out into the homes and hearts of everyone we meet in order to share the Gospel message. When we enter, sometimes we might be greeted with a peaceful welcome, and other times we might be rejected with a hostile stare. Either way, we are called to bring the peace of Christ with us and offer it to every home and heart. Even if they reject us, the peace of Christ will never leave us. Don’t get me wrong, rejection is hard and discouraging, especially when sharing our faith, but the Lord is with us. On the flip side, if someone were to enter your home, what would they find? Would they feel welcome? I think there is a real call to us today too, to make our home a place where love and peace abide. Let Christ be the center of your heart and your home.
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.
If someone were to visit your home, would they find a home filled with love and peace? Would they encounter Christ? Would they leave filled with joy, or would they leave disheartened?
When you have tried to share the Gospel message, how have people responded? How did that leave you feeling afterwards?
How can you begin to make your life more peaceful?
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.
"Peace be with you."
"My peace I leave you."
"Be not afraid."
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?
Focus on having peaceful encounters with whomever you come into contact with today.
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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.
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