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).
Two weeks ago the Diocese of Rockford IL welcomed three new priests. It was a day of great joy! The entire ordination liturgy is very moving, but one part that strikes me as most important is when the candidates for priesthood make promises to the Bishop while in the presence of his brother priests, deacons, and the lay faithful. And every year it also reminds me of the promises I made on my ordination day, while giving me a chance to renew those promises once again.
Jesus says in the Gospel today, “Let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’!” Another name that the Church gives to all the Baptized is: the faithful! A true disciple of Christ is a person of their word.
Despite our own personal weaknesses, we should resolve daily to be faithful to the Lord. Be true to our word. Be honest. Be committed. Be firm in Christian behavior.
One of the greatest characteristics or signs of a person who embraces God’s will is a person who is faithful. Reflect today on this personal call to be faithful to the yes’s we have made in life. Yes to Jesus! Yes to Church teachings that guides us to holiness! Yes to my priesthood vows! Yes to one’s marriage vows! Yes to one’s purity, chastity, moral decisions, obedience to parents, respect for others, etc...
As Jesus reminds us today: any deviation from these yes’s come from the evil one. Let's be faithful!
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 the promises that God is asking you to be faithful to today? Maybe it's a commitment to work, your family, school, etc. What are you committed to and how are you being faithful?
What's an area of your life where sometimes faithfulness is difficult for you? Have you been to confession since the last time you failed to be faithful?
In your life, how are you true to your word to follow Jesus and live as a disciple of Jesus?
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.
"I choose to be faithful."
"I will follow you."
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?
Get to confession today or find a time and plan to get there soon. Be thankful to God that, even when you fail to be faithful, he is faithful and forgives you!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. John McNamara, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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