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).
There is a sentiment in today's first reading that gets me every time, and it’s summarized with these words: “observing the boldness of Peter and John.”
It was because of Peter and John’s boldness and their witness that these leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed. It was because of this boldness that the others knew they were Jesus’ companions. Even though they eventually ordered Peter and John not to talk about the miracle or “speak in this name” of Jesus, they absolutely knew who Peter and John were and what they were about.
So often we are the best examples of God when we are living boldly and truthfully our faith. And people may not always respond positively, especially right away, but they do respond.
I don’t mention God at work, yet every job I go to, people realize I’m Catholic and eventually come to me (“I’m going to Mass for Easter for the first time, what do I wear?” “I found this rosary in my mom’s house, what do I do with it?” “My brother is an alcoholic, can you pray for him?”). Just by living out who I am, even in a secular setting, others realize I am a companion of Jesus. I’m sure you have similar examples; it’s important to reflect on and think about when we are assessing how Jesus is calling us to be His instruments.
In this specific case, Peter and John weren’t standing on the street corners saying, “We are Christians! We follow Christ!” Instead, they were living out their calling as disciples by healing the blind, loving the poor, and letting Christ work powerfully in their actions.
How much more powerful our lives become when we let the name of Jesus come into and reign in each day! These leaders, elders, and scribes knew that the name of Jesus was something powerful: they ordered Peter and John not to speak or teach in his name. Even the Devil knows the power of the name of Jesus.
“In the name of Jesus, we ask healing upon this person. In the name of Jesus, we ask all anxiety be banished. In the name of Jesus, we ask that love fill this home.” Inviting the name of Jesus into our daily interactions and small moments will transform our job as disciples. Jesus’ name is so powerful, and He responds to every situation we invite him in.
Be conscious and bold; be with Him - not outside him - when you are living your daily life. See how quickly your interactions will transform when you keep the name of Jesus as the first thought in your mind when encountering another person. Boldly and confidently call upon the Lord and invite him to every situation you find yourself in. As He did here with Peter and John, He will perform miracles in and through 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.
How can you be a bold witness to the faith in your daily life just like Peter and John were?
What would it look like for you to truly keep the name of Jesus at the forefront of your life? Have you ever reflected on the power of the simple prayer of saying Jesus' name?
What miracles do you think the Lord might want to work in your life, but also in the lives of those you love? Do you ask Him for those things confidently, knowing that even if it doesn't go as planned His plan is great, but also that He will often work miracles in your life?
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.
"Let me be bold."
"I invite you into my 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?
Do something bold today out of love and faith. It doesn't have to be an overt proclaiming of the faith (although it can be), but should be some way to let Jesus love those around you through you, and it should be a way you wouldn't naturally do.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Andrea Scott, a graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio currently living in Washington D.C.