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).
“...knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you…”
The praying of the Holy Rosary is something that is so much a part of our Catholic upbringing that some of the words we utter needs to be understood more like the word “mystery”. What does it mean for me when I look at the Nativity of our Lord or Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth as mysteries. Why do we call them mysteries? What’s so mysterious about them?
Mysteries in our present-day situations are puzzles to be solved. The so-called “mystery crimes” or “modern science mysteries” or even the mystery of the empty tomb of Jesus, require experts to solve cases that need to be logically understood. Not too long ago, the edicule that encloses the tomb of Jesus underwent some renovation. The authorities responsible for the project made sure to bring scientists with them to measure particular energy emanating from the tomb and gather other evidences and date them. This is supposed to help us understand the mystery of the Resurrection. For our new understanding of mysteries, evidences are usually collected and sophisticated technological tools are used to study every angle of a perceived evidence. Then, after a meticulous study of everything that was gathered, a conclusion is made by the so-called experts. That is the understanding of mystery in our days.
But the original meaning of the word mystery differs from the present day understanding. It is even more different from what Jesus revealed to us in this particular gospel. For us, who desire to live the divine life, which is a life with God, a life of virtue that liberates us from the prison that is sin, a mystery is not a puzzle to solve. Mystery is a domain that envelops us. Mystery is not a work, but a rest, a gift. Mystery is the self-revelation of the divine, approaching us and meeting us where we are. Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom is a gift granted to us, not a problem to solve.
For the disciples, the knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom was granted to them by responding to the call of Jesus to be with him closely. The same is true for us now. Participation in the diving life, in the mystery, is staying close to Jesus. In our baptism, we are made sons and daughters of the Father. In our confirmation, the Spirit empowers us. In confession, we are forgiven and healed. In the Eucharist, we are one with God. This is mystery. We share with what we couldn’t fully understand and yet it elevates us and makes us whole.
Today, stay close with the mystery, don’t try to solve it. Just rest with it. Rest with Him.
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 I perceive mysteries, especially the mysteries of the Faith? Am I open to mystery or am I skeptical and closed off?
Do I try to enter into the mystery of Christ? How can I further enter into His mystery to participation in the divine life?
How can I grow to rest with the mystery of Christ?
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.
"Open my heart, Lord."
"You are a mystery."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
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?
Today seek understanding with your heart. Leave skepticism behind and put yourself in front of the mystery of Christ and with an open heart and ask Him to give you the gift of understanding. Rest with Him.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Ervin Caliente, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.