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).
First things first, Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
A few days after I turned in my original reflection, I sat in Mass, and something hit me... hard! God was calling me to do a rewrite and make it about the Gospel.
There’s no other way than just to dive into it: being a person of conviction is tough! It’s so easy to toe the line, play it safe, be neutral, but God doesn’t call us to be neutral. One of the best examples is Pilate. A man with a lot of power and influence is conflicted during his encounter with Jesus. For Pilate to play it straight, means he doesn’t lose anything.
But he doesn’t gain anything either.
Too many times, we may hear gossip, see someone wronged, or see something uncharitable posted on social media. How often do we try to be neutral when we know it’s wrong? As we close in on Advent, challenge yourself to answer the call of conviction when God presents it. A bit of growth is one thing we can appreciate more this time of year.
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.
Have you ever had the power to make a change for good? What did you do? Why?
How can your decision affect other people? Think of specific examples.
What would you have don in Pilate's shoes? Why?
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.
"You are Holy Lord."
"Come Holy Spirit."
"Viva Cristo Rey."
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?
Be decisive and make a decision for God, even if it is tough.
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