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).
As any fisherman can tell you, fishing often requires dropping the anchor, or in other words, “tying up” in a certain spot, in order to have a fruitful catch of fish.
In the Gospel story today, Jesus and the disciples came to the other side of the sea and also “tied up there.” He “tied up there” not to get a big catch of fish, but instead a big catch of people. And the people came, especially those who were sick and needed healing.
In our lives today, Jesus isn’t “tying up” on the shores of Lake Michigan, Lake Geneva, the Atlantic, the Pacific or whatever body of water is nearest to you...rather, Jesus is “tying up” or remaining present in the Tabernacle of every single Catholic Church. Jesus promised to remain with us always until the end of time, and it is this privileged encounter with Him in the Eucharist that Jesus makes Himself present for all to experience His graces of tenderness, love, and healing.
Let’s reflect on this remarkable invitation for each of us "drop anchor" and be with Jesus where He has chosen to remain perpetually present to us. Go to that special place where He has committed Himself to stay “tied up” so to speak. He remains in the Tabernacle for the benefit of the visitors. There is no better place on Earth to receive the loving healing touch of Jesus than in the proximity of the Holy Eucharist. Can we find some time? Yes we can!
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.
Where in your life do you need Jesus?
What do you need Jesus to heal?
When is the last time you went and spent time with Jesus? How can you spend more time with Him?
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.
"Lord, I need you."
"He is present."
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 soon as you can, go to Jesus. Go spend time with Him present in the tabernacle.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. John McNamara, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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