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).
You have no idea how big of an impact you can make on your community; your classmates, coworkers, family, and friends.
St. Paul begins by reminding the Romans that they are ‘full of goodness’. He had a soft spot for them in his heart, just like the Lord’s whole heart is a soft spot for you. The Lord has filled you to the brim with His love. He’s filled you with a unique goodness, that is especially yours. Maybe it’s the way you smile, maybe it’s your strength to keep trying amongst challenges, or maybe it’s how you are able to truly listen without zoning out to think about what you’re going to say next. Little gifts. Little manifestations of the goodness that God has filled you with.
St. Paul doesn’t stop at naming the goodness; he reminds the Romans that they need to be ministers to the Gentiles—to the people who hadn’t yet heard the gospel. The Romans were suited to spread the message of the love of Jesus because of how Jesus had specifically loved them.
Then here we are, also a group of people, also loved uniquely by the Lord. It follows then that now only should I remind you of how beloved you are but also remind you that there are a lot of people in this world who haven’t truly received the truth of the gospel. Maybe they’ve ‘heard it’ with their ears, but as a priest I can tell you there are many lost souls who would be changed forever if they could hear about Jesus’ love in a way that they could understand, and want to receive. That way, very well could be through you.
As Christians striving for holiness it’s easy to sell ourselves short, and in doing so sell short the power of God. “I can’t make a difference; my friends are too closed off, my teachers would laugh at me, my parents would get defensive.” If the Lord is asking you, in your unique goodness, to share His love with those around you, He is going to provide you with everything you need to do it well. Maybe they won’t respond super well the first time around, but when life gets tough, they’ll remember…You listened. You smiled. You loved. You were there. Your listening, smiling, loving, and just being there is a foretaste of the generosity of Jesus for those souls who haven’t received the gospel yet. Today, take the time to open wide your eyes to see who could use a little extra intentional care from Jesus. Be that care. And know that I am already incredibly proud of you.
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.
When's a time when you've shared the love of Jesus with someone else?
Do you truly believe you are the beloved child of God?
What do you think you can help the Lord accomplish if you let Him use you?
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.
"Here I am Lord."
"I am here, use me."
"I am your beloved."
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?
With our human eyes we tend to think very small. We believe we're just one person so what can we accomplish! With the Lord's help we can accomplish many amazing things. Take some time to dream today in prayer about where the Lord is calling you! Write down something that the Lord is calling you to help with as His beloved.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Robert Blood, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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