STEP #1: LECTIO / READ
STEP #2: MEDITATIO / MEDITATE
I love the twelve apostles. They are so predictably human. But their weaknesses and their blunderings give me hope for my future.
You've got Matthew the tax collector. He would steal money from those around him.
You've got James and John who thought that they were far superior to anyone else and asked Jesus if they could be on His right and His left.
And then you've got Peter. Peter is my favorite. In most parts of the Gospel you can find an example of Peter putting his foot in his mouth. He denies Jesus three times. Jesus has to keep asking Peter if he loves him. Peter doesn't trust Jesus and starts to drown. Peter hides while Jesus is crucified.
These are the men Jesus chose. They were the first bishops, the first martyrs and the first saints. But, throughout their time with Jesus they weren't perfect. They failed. They made huge mistakes. They messed up just like I do.
Yet, Jesus called them each by name. He also calls me by name. And He calls you by name. He knows our weaknesses and failures. He knows that we will make mistakes. But He chooses us. We were chosen at baptism to be His followers and to spread His message to the world.
Our Lord is calling your name. How will you respond?
“You could say to me, “But the Church is made up of sinners; we see them every day.” And this is true: we are a Church of sinners. And we sinners are called to let ourselves be transformed, renewed, sanctified by God.” ― Pope Francis
STEP #3: ORATIO / PRAY
Think about the 12 apostles. Which on do you relate to? Who do you share weaknesses with? Who do you share strengths with?
What can you learn from the 12 apostles?
Ask God why He has chosen you.
STEP #4: CONTEMPLATIO / CONTEMPLATE
"The Lord has chosen me."
"I am a child of God."
"I have a mission from the Lord."
FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAY...
Today make a point to try and learn more about one of the apostles or a saint you don't know very much about. Ask them for your help on your journey to holiness.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Kendzior.
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