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).
“I have called you friends.”
What does it mean for Christ to no longer call me his servant, but his friend? We can look to the end of this same Gospel of John for a hint. When the Risen Jesus appears to Peter and the disciples on the Sea of Tiberias, he calls them over and says to them “Come, have breakfast.” Because that is what friends do, they eat breakfast together. I think this breakfast is the fulfillment of what Jesus says today in the Gospel “I have called you friends.” Jesus could have sat them down and given them a teaching, or given them marching orders for how they are supposed to serve him for the rest of their lives. But, he didn’t do that. That would all come later. He just wanted to eat breakfast with his friends.
Too often, our prayer can become so focused on what our “mission” is, and asking God how we can serve him in this way or that way (which often times ends up more focused on me and how I can look like a good Christian in the eyes of others rather than the focus being on God). Yet, this is not the heart of prayer, the heart of prayer is that He wants to eat breakfast with us everyday, He wants to be our friend. It’s about Him choosing us, not us choosing Him.
This is what it means for Christ to call me a friend and not a servant. His primary interested isn’t what I can do for Him or how I can serve Him best, his primary interest is sitting down and having breakfast with me on the beach. Because he wants to hang out with me. Because he likes me. This is prayer. This is what he invites me to everyday. So, today, grab a bagel (preferably an everything bagel), go sit outside, and have breakfast with him. Talk to him like you would a friend. Or don’t talk. Sitting in silence works too. It doesn’t matter either way, because you are his friend no matter what.
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.
Do you structure your prayer time or just spend time with the Lord like you're sitting down with a friend for breakfast?
Have you ever thought about the Lord likes you and loves you?
Are you ready to open up to him about everything like you do with your friends?
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 like you Jesus."
"The Lord likes me."
"I love you Jesus."
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?
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Austin Ashcraft, a graduate student in New Orleans.
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