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).
During this unforeseen season where so many schools, shops, and even Churches are being temporarily closed due to a virus, it can be so easy to begin to doubt in the power of Jesus to stop all the suffering and craziness. This doubt isn’t new to our generation, though.
Even the Jewish priests and Pharisees from Jesus’ time doubted Him. They knew about the miracles that Jesus performed that showed He was the Son of God, but they were more concerned about their own standing than about accepting God.
From that moment, they began planning to have Jesus killed.
Yet, in the middle of the doubting and plotting against Jesus, something greater than was coming- the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the darkest hour of mankind, where the people began plotting against God, God took those doubts and fears and turned them into something even more beautiful. As we head towards Easter next week, many of us will not be able to attend a public mass due to the coronavirus. It’s possible some of you may even know someone who has been affected by the virus or maybe is temporarily out of school or work because of it.
It can be very easy during this time to think that God and His Church have turned their back on the world. Yet, that could be some of the same doubt that the Pharisees and priests of Jesus’ time had. If we are more concerned with comfort than we are with what God wants to do for us during this time, we might begin to doubt that He can become our comfort and our source of strength. When we forget that God can take the most difficult situations and turn them into the greatest successes, we may forget that God is at work, even when things are rough.
In that darkest hour of history, where man killed Jesus, Jesus performed His greatest miracle by rising from the dead. As you approach these last days of Lent, ask yourself how you’ve seen God making beauty out of the ashes around us right now. We may not all be able to attend Mass during much of Lent and maybe even Easter, but that won’t stop God from performing miracles in our lives. As we approach Easter, say goodbye to doubt and prepare yourself to let Jesus Christ resurrect your faith.
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 have you seen God bringing good out of the difficult situation around you right now?
In what ways, over the course of this Lent, have you seen God grow the gift of faith in you and reveal himself to you?
As we enter into Holy Week, what are you asking God for particularly in this special and holy time?
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.
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Come, Holy Spirit."
"I long for the gift of faith."
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?
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer during coronavirus:
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Today's prayer was prepared by Brendan Slovacek, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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