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).
All the readings tie together with St. James, the Apostle, the Feast day we celebrate today. We are taught that we must die to ourselves and true discipleship means serving others and not exalting ourselves or our works and ambitions.
Let’s take a look at St. James, who was one of the first Apostles to be martyred. He was one of the privileged Apostles to witness the Transfiguration, the raising from the dead the daughter of Jairus and the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Whoa, can you imagine witnessing all of these miracles?
Despite these blessings, he had the nerve to ask for him and his brother, John, to be seated at a place of honor in the Kingdom in Mark’s Gospel (other Gospels say it was his mother). The brothers were known as “sons of thunder” because when they traveled with Jesus through Samaria, the Samaritans would not welcome Jesus because He was on His way to the hated land of Jerusalem. So, the brothers asked Jesus, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Of course, Jesus rebuked them.
In the first reading we are called to have death work in us so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. The Alleluia says Jesus chose us from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last. And the Gospel, Jesus taught them all the lesson of humble service and the purpose of their authority is to serve. Do not “Lord it over them” love and be kind in service to others.
I find it easily wrapped up in a nice package called humility. So, why is it that we don’t unwrap this package and unleash this needed gift? Even St. James, who has seen first hand the power of God, let his pride and ambition stand in his way. I like to think of humility as a never-ending, daily package I must unwrap every morning. We must pray for humility because is the virtue all other virtues are based.
We owe everything to God. We are blessed to know Him and have Him manifest His graces in us and transform us to be humble servants on this earth. To be Jesus’ servant is to be obedient to the Church, to do good, to be a witness of Jesus’ love for one another and never forget to trust fully in His providence. And all of that takes humility and to admit we can do nothing without God. We must fight the urge of pride this world tricks us into and grip onto humility with our lives.
The more we realize we need to open our daily package of humility, the more we can serve in the way Jesus desires us to serve. The more we pray for humility the more we will open ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s transforming graces and grow in virtue. Have you opened your gift today?
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.
How do you view service and leadership? Does it match what Jesus tells us in the Gospel? How can you live as a servant-leader like Christ?
What are ideas are you holding onto that keep you from humility? What gets in your way of being truly humble and trusting in God?
How is God leading you towards humility and servant-leadership? How can you be more open to God's graces to grow more in virtue?
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 came to serve."
"You are truly humble."
"Transform my heart."
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?
Pray the litany of humility. If you don't know it, Google the prayer and it will come right up. Spend time with it and pray through it slowly. Take your time to really mean what you are saying and let it bring you closer to God and His love.
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