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).
As I write this I am overwhelmed. I am exhausted. The busyness of work, family life, chasing dreams and, well, being healthy is getting to me. Trying to keep my priorities in check is hard, and investing my time where it truly belongs is even harder. I am not being vigilant. I am, however, a lot of other things; I am worried, anxious, tired; all but vigilant.
Then, I sat down to read today’s Gospel:
“Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.”
Wow. This one simple line has cut through all that I am feeling. It makes a way for me to see through the stress, the workload, and the anxiety. All is lost if I am not focused on the Lord, and I have been feeling a little bit of that loss lately.
I know from experience that the Lord moves in very visible ways throughout all of our day-to-day lives, but it we are not ready - if we are not vigilant - how will we ever know He is there? How will we ever be able to see past all those things that are weighing us down? The simple answer is, we won’t. If we are not truly putting the effort in to make ourselves available to God and to open our eyes to his works, then we will never know God is near.
So, practically - today - what does this look like? Well, just by the fact that you are reading this is a good start! Spend some extra time in the scriptures, get to Mass if you can, spend twenty minutes in silent prayer. Allow yourself to be ready for when the Lord decides to make Himself known to you. Be vigilant.
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 vigilant in your life lately? What would that vigilance look like if you truly sought to make that a part of your daily life?
What added ways can you make the Lord a priority in your day today - can you get to Mass, do an act of service, or pray more with Scripture? How can you invite Him deeper into your daily reality?
How has God made Himself known to you in daily experiences? How can you continue to be open to those moments?
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 vigilance."
"You are my priority."
"Make yourself known."
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?
Choose an action - praying with Scripture, Mass, etc. - that you can do in order to help your heart be vigilant and open to relationship with the Lord, and do that.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Connor Flanagan, a Youth Minister and Catholic Musician who lives in St. Paul, MN.