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).
Prayer is at the heart of every disciple of Christ. So often our prayer is done alone. It’s that time between me and God. It’s that time when we can remove ourselves from the noise of the world and just “be” with God. This is great and vital for each of us to practice. But there is another form of prayer that is also beautifully important. Communal prayer. That prayer which Jesus speaks of in the Gospel where “two or more are gathered in His name.” We do this every week when we gather together as a family to worship, praise, petition, and receive our God at Holy Mass. Yet, we cannot stop there...how important it is to also communally pray outside of Mass.
At a recent visit to a parishioner’s home, we shared a meal together, had a nice conversation, played in the yard with the kids, and also, picked up my first live chicken ever!!! Everything was fantastic! And then came the highlight of the evening...the whole family united around a little fire pit and we prayed the Rosary together.
“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Jesus is with us always and in a special way he wants to enter into our communal prayer with others. Where is Lord inviting us to more prayer with others? With our friends? With our spouse? With our children? With the community? With the Church? Let’s have fun together, but let’s also pray together!
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.
Who do I pray with?
What role does community play in my spiritual life?
How will I enter deeper into prayer with my community?
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.
"You are with us Lord."
"You never abandon us."
"You are in our midst."
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?
Approach a family member or maybe call a friend at some point today, and ask them to take some time to pray with you, whether it is reading Scripture, praying a rosary, or taking turns leading a prayer of your own.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. John McNamara, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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