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).
Today's Gospel always cracks me up. Jesus is telling the people a parable about a vineyard owner who has leased his land. He sends back some people to collect the fees, but they are all killed. He then decides to send his son, who he says "surely they will respect my son, He's My Son." Of course they kill him too.
What does this mean? Well Jesus is telling them the story of Salvation History and predicting His own death. The Father created the earth and gave it to us to live on and enjoy and take care of. He then sent us his prophets to guide us back to His plan. We killed or ignored them all. So He sends us His only Son. What will we do with Him?
Spoiler Alert: We kill Him too.
At the end Matthew writes: When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that He was speaking about them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.
They knew it and they still sought out a way to kill Him. Isn't that the same with us though? We know what's good for us. We know that the Lord has great plans for us. Yet, we still ignore Him on purpose. We still deny Him in the areas of our life where we just want to do our own thing. I always think there's more time. He'll send me another sign if that's what He really wants me to do. But today is the day to start following Jesus. Today is the day to return to Him. Today is the day to renew my relationship with Him. Today is the day. Carpe Diem as they say!
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.
Where in your life are you ignoring Jesus?
What is the Lord calling you to do? Do you want to do it?
How can you return to Jesus today?
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.
"Lord, I return to you."
"Lord, I need you."
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?
Today, return to Jesus. Make a prayer and give yourself to Him.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie Herzing, a former youth minister turned parish evanglization consultant living in North Carolina.
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