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).
To be #woke today is to be awoken to some reality that you had not previously known – especially in reference to social justice. Often times it is used as a badge of honor, a humble brag, a sign of being on the inside. “I am so woke,” we say, as we do or say something which we are proud of or think is approved of by others. As Christians, are we #woke for Jesus? Have we been touched by the Gospel in a way that wakes us from an old way of seeing the world, and into a new way of encountering God and others? Today’s Gospel reading has played a pivotal role in the lives of many sinners and has been a catalyst for their awakening to desire to become a saint! Two saints whose spiritual journeys took a turn for the better after they encountered this exact Gospel were St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of the Desert. These men, who were asleep to the voice of God in their lives, began to awake to a new way of living by the power of God’s word speaking to them. Have you awoken to Jesus’ desire for you and love for you in your life?
St. Francis and St. Anthony awoke to this love God has for them through this Gospel, and they awoke to a desire to conform their lives to be more like Christ. St. Francis did this so intensely that he received the stigmata, he was physically marked with the wounds of Christ himself. These saints awoke to the realization that God wanted to be so close to them, to envelop them in his love, and then to mission to share his peace, his joy, and his love with others, to be missionaries of Mercy. God desires to do the same for us – to awaken us from spiritual sleep. What causes us to sleep? Sin. As Pope Francis wrote, sin causes us to become drowsy, to age in our hearts, and to become cold, whereas God’s grace keeps the heart young, aflame, and awake. As Christians, Christ comes to awaken us from our slumber, to infuse us with new life, and to send us out to share his peace, joy, and mercy. A Christian is called to be #woke, but to be #woke for Christ.
How is God’s word today, stirring in your heart, and where might God be speaking to you, like he did to Francis and Anthony, to awake from your slumber to and dare to live with him anew?
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 been touched by the Gospel in a way that wakes you from an old way of seeing the world and into a new way of encountering God and others?
Have you awoken to Jesus’ desire of love for you in your life?
How is God calling you to conform your life to his love 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.
"Awaken my heart."
"Help me follow you."
"I am yours."
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?
Today, conform your thoughts and actions to what Jesus would do out of his love. In the little daily things and the bigger, maybe more frustrating things, take a second and ask Jesus how you can conform your heart to his and follow his example of love. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you throughout the day.
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Today’s prayer was prepared by Jon Polce, SJ.
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