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).
Today my Godson, Tyler, will get Baptized, receive his First Communion, and be Confirmed. I have honestly been looking forward to this for about a year and a half. Baptism is the way that Tyler can fully enter into the Church and claim his inheritance as a son of God. It is an incredibly exciting moment, but also the beginning of a difficult journey. As we read today, we are not only baptized into the life of Jesus, but also His death.
Life is full of conflict, yet we are created for harmony. So why does conflict exist? Because of sin. Sin intrinsically separates us. We see it in our world all the time today, and throughout history. It is often said that pride is the root of all sin, but either way it is definitely the root of most of the division and conflict we experience. Death to our own pride and sinful ways is the death we must experience to experience the life promised for us through baptism.
Instead of looking at others as the cause of division in our lives, let's look inward today. Let's look at the ways our own pride and sinfulness is causing conflict and division. May the grace of our baptism help us die to those sinful ways so that we may live in the peace of Christ. And keep my Godson Tyler in your prayers today as he gets to join us in this great journey of faith.
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 ways your pride causes division within yourself and/or with those around you?
What are some ways other sins in your life cause division within yourself and/or those around you?
How can you die to your sinfulness so you can live in the peace of Christ?
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."
"Come, Holy Spirit."
"Forgive me Jesus."
Editor's Note: We are now returning to a different action step each day. Thank you all for praying with us the Prayer to Overcome Racism and the Prayer during coronavirus – please continue to pray these with us. In order to fully enter into the experience of Lectio Divina, we will once again have a daily action step geared towards the readings and reflection of that day.
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, spend some time praying through your baptismal promises today. Pray for those who are on the fence about being baptized. And pray for those who have forgotten their baptism.
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