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).
Christ calls all of us, every human being throughout the world, to follow him. In today’s gospel we see where he first began that call. He sees Simon and his brother Andrew and calls them away from their fishing nets. “Follow me,” he says to them, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately after that, he encounters another pair of brothers, James and John, and calls to them to follow him as well. These were the very first apostles. Soon, Jesus gathers 8 more to himself, and ministers to them in what it truly means to follow his ways. From those 12 apostles, down through the centuries, this unbroken line of bishops has been shepherding the church throughout the world, leading people to Christ.
Truthfully, it may have been any one of us there in those boats whom Jesus called by name. It might as well have been; since Jesus is calling us to him even now, with the same voice he called those first apostles. They dropped their nets and left their families without a second thought to follow him. Can we do the same? Are we able to disengage from our earthly concerns in order to devote ourselves to Jesus the same way that Simon and Andrew did? Are we willing to forego all of the modern-day conveniences we enjoy if Jesus asks us to the same way James and John did? He is calling to us, asking us to be witness to him and lead others to him just as the first apostles did. Are you ready to say yes?
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.
Am I ready to give it all up to follow Christ?
What am I still holding on to that is preventing me from following Christ?
Am I afraid of what others in the world will think of me if I sacrifice things of this world to follow Christ when it doesn't make sense?
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 come to you ready to follow."
"I trust you have the best in mind for my life."
"I love you more than anything this world can give me."
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?
As we get ready for Advent this weekend, what can you give up that you've been holding on tightly to? Make a (Liturgical) New Year's Resolution and start over this year. Start small by giving just one thing up for Christ to follow Him more this year.
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