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).
There’s only one way to Heaven- Jesus Christ. Jesus makes this clear in today’s Gospel when He explains to the Pharisees that the sheep must come through Him in order to have an abundant life. He doesn’t hold back His punches either- He says anyone or anything that doesn’t come through Him is a thief looking to steal, kill, and destroy. The “thief” can often be temptations we face in our lives such as jealousy, gossip, or impurity. Sometimes, it can even come as laziness in our faith lives. No matter what the “thief” in our lives is, we can’t find any sort of fulfillment from it! Even the things that make us seem happy temporarily won’t ever be able to fill us up permanently- only Jesus can do that.
In my freshman year of high school, I finally realized that the temptations to focus on my popularity and pride were no longer fulfilling me and I couldn’t keep living that way anymore. I needed something so much more that would stay with me throughout my entire life, and I found that what I needed was Jesus. At any point, anyone can take away your possessions, your popularity can be lost, you can be hurt and no longer be able to play sports, and your whole life can be swept out from underneath your feet and then, what are you left with? All the material things, the surface level issues of popularity, and temptations all come and go, but Jesus doesn’t. Our faith is the one thing that remains constant for us throughout our whole lives, even if it isn’t easy. The secret to a good faith life is remembering that faith is a partnership. Both God and ourselves put in work to bring us towards the ultimate fulfillment of Heaven. When we put in our work by letting go of the things that stand in the way of our relationship with Jesus and running to Him, He’ll be standing there waiting with open arms. Don't let the thief steal your joy- let Jesus overflow your heart with even more.
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 things in your life are stealing your time and attention away from your living out your faith?
What temptations are you facing that are turning you away from God?
What’s one reasonable thing you can do today to follow Jesus better? How can you do that today?
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 Holy Spirit."
"Jesus I trust in You."
"Fill my heart Lord."
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 during coronavirus:
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 Brendan Slovacek, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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