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).
With Thanksgiving only one day away, the season of gift-giving is upon us. There always seems to be an immense pressure at this time of year to find the perfect gift or the best deal of the season. When giving gifts, we love to see the joy and gratitude on people's face. And then, when we are given gifts, we ought to take care of them and appreciate them and express our gratitude.
In this season of my own life, the Lord has been continually reminding me how this life is such a gift. From friendships and relationships to work and parish life, all is gift. The Lord wants us to continue to recognize that fact. He wants to see the joy and gratitude on our faces and in our hearts when he showers his grace and love and mercy upon us. Each gift, no matter how seemingly small, is an invitation to respond to the Lord who created us out of love, by love, and for love.
The nobleman's words to the first servant truly struck me today: "Well done, good servant! You have been faithful in this very small matter." These are the words I long to hear from the Lord. In my relationship with God, He has blessed me and entrusted me with numerous gifts in this life. How am I being faithful to God and these gifts He has entrusted me with? Am I living my life offering gratitude in return to the Lord? As the servants in today's Gospel, am I being faithful with my gold coin, or am I clinging more to that gold coin than I am to the Lord who gave it to me? The Lord gives us numerous gifts in this life, and when we take a step in faith and offer them back to him, he continues to bless us in even greater abundance.
Today is the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I think Mary shows us better than anyone how to be good stewards of the gifts we are given, particularly Jesus Christ. From the moment of the Annunciation, Mary took nothing for granted and offered everything back to the Lord. In appreciation for this life and for the gift of Jesus Christ, may we live each day in a place of gratitude, staying faithful even in the smallest of matters.
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 I been faithful in small matters? How have I not been faithful in small matters?
What are the gifts in this life that the Lord has entrusted me with? How am I offering these gifts back to the Lord?
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.
"All is gift."
"I give you my heart."
"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?
Take an inventory of your own gifts, which the Lord has given you, and offer them back to Him thi day.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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