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).
"Wait for and hasten the coming of the day of God,
because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames
and the elements melted by fire.
But according to his promise
we await new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells."
Today, I have seen on Instagram several times people discussing how 2020 feels like the end of the world. We started with the threat of WWIII and it has only escalated from there. There’s locusts in Africa, the murder hornet is in the US, and of course, the coronavirus is continuing to devastate us. When you lay it all out like that, it is easy to fall into “end of world” thinking.
When I think about the end of the world, I always think from a scene in Boy Meets World where they are discussing walking outside and, BAM, hit by a bus. It reminds me that even though we might be living our lives carefully, we should always be ready #mementomori.
That is what today’s first reading is trying to tell us. It doesn’t matter what is happening in the world, because, at any time, BAM, bus, and the Lord might call us home. So what are we to do? St. Peter is very clear: be on your guard, grow in grace, maintain your faith, grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and perhaps most importantly, keep your eyes fixed to be with Him in glory for all eternity.
We have our warning, the end can come at any time, whether the end of the world or by bus. Our main goal should always be heaven. How are you pursuing Jesus? How are you fixed on Him? How are you using this time of uncertainty to grow your faith?
Be alert my friends and keep pursuing the Lord.
“Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned,
be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled
and to fall from your own stability.
But grow in grace
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
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 often do I contemplate my own mortality, my own death that is sure to come? What feelings or emotions come when I think about my life eventually ending?
How does hearing that I don't know the hour or the day when God will call me home to eternity change how I choose to live my life today?
Am I sure that my life is leading me toward heaven? What am I doing to build my relationship with the Lord on this side of eternity?
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 the Life."
"Help me chase heaven."
"Remember that I am dust, and to dust I shall return."
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:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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