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).
What would make my life complete? Would enough stuff? Would enough friends? Would enough presents?
Today's first reading ends with "We are writing this so that our joy may be complete." So that our joy may be complete. That's what Christmas is about. Jesus became incarnate to save us from our sins so our joy could be complete when we enter eternal life.
That last part is always the hardest for me: "eternal life." Jesus didn't come to save us from suffering here on earth, even though that sometimes happens. He did save us from sadness, although he does sometimes prevent us from experiencing it. He saved us so we could spend eternity with Him in Heaven for eternal life.
There are times when it's hard to see the glory of the Lord and the joy of the season when it's sad or hard or lonely. But the Lord came to earth as a baby, which we're celebrating this week, so we could share in His complete joy for eternity.
2020 begins in just a few days, a new decade! What will you do to celebrate the complete joy the Lord is sharing with you?
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 get caught up in the "game of not enough" stuff/fun/friends, etc?
Have you considered the connection of the baby Jesus to the crucified Jesus? That we cannot have one without the other?
What will you to do to grow closer to the Lord in 2020, this new decade?
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 enough for me."
"I love you Lord."
"I want to share in your complete joy."
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?
Take time this weekend to look at your spiritual life, the ways you've grown in the previous decade, and how you want to grow in 2020 to experience the complete joy of the Lord.
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