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).
Have you ever been so excited about a sign or signal that you don’t really care what it leads to? You are so taken up into the adventure that the pursuit almost becomes an end in itself. Sometimes that how is I view my vocation and the signs God has given me undertake this journey as a seminarian and one day (God-willing) as a priest. But, it is easy to lose sight of what I am actually being led to. And let me tell you, the relationship I’ve found with Christ is more than I could have imagined when I first started to excitedly follow the star.
I imagine this is what the Magi felt as they followed the star toward Bethlehem. “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Little did they know what was truly inside the place the star had brought them to. A king, certainly, but upon entering they found God incarnate, Jesus Christ, as a small child.
The signs themselves are grace (some even call them signal graces), meant to lead to an even greater encounter. Like the Magi, we first have to put faith in the sign from God. These wise men, while seeking for truth in the stars, noticed something great. This awareness should not be overlooked – to find something that is given, one must first be looking for it. The star was just as available to Herod as it was to the Magi, but he had made himself blind to the transcendence.
When the Magi saw the star, they were surely looking at a manifest sign provided by grace. As non-Jews, they may not have fully grasped the fulfillment of the Scriptures that was before them, but there is something that happens in a face-to-face encounter with Christ that changes everything. God is going to give us the guidance we need, not just for the sake of a journey or lifestyle, but to bring us to where we are meant to be – in complete union with him.
Take part in the journey and follow the star whole-heartedly, but don’t let that be it. The world thrives on us constantly seeking, but never finding. The Magi didn’t just let themselves revel in the star, but in the Christ child Himself. Follow the graces God gives and join them in falling down in worship of Jesus!
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 are some of the signs God is putting in your life right now?
Do you think you may be missing any signs because you are not open to them or looking for them?
Are there any situations where you may be more caught up in the sign than the actually thing it is pointing to? How can you stay focused while still being excited when you see the sign?
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.
"Jesus, I trust in You."
"Thank You Jesus."
"Come Holy Spirit."
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?
Keep your eyes and heart open to signs God may be putting in your life, but don't focus on the signs, focus on how they can help you grow closer to Him. Write a new "New Years List" of your priorities in life, and see how God may be giving you signs/grace/opportunities to grow and be filled with joy.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Kevin Gregus, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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