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).
“. . . So that they may share my joy completely.”
I think sometimes I forget I was created to share in Christ’s joy. Days lately seem to pass by with little to no significance, but I decided to let yesterday be different. I got home from work and resolved to take my bike out on the trail. I literally live across the street from the start of a beautiful nature trail, and yet I can count on one hand the number of times I have actually explored it in the last three years. As I was cycling along, I was amazed by all the chipmunks, colorful birds, and even the corn stalks starting to grow in adjacent fields. For the first time in awhile, I allowed myself to experience joy and the beauty in my surroundings, instead of being annoyed that my surroundings have seemed so limited the past couple months.
Joy is out there and ready to be grasped. In today’s Gospel, we read Jesus’ prayer on the night before he was to die. Christ knows we will encounter suffering, but it is through that suffering that we come to be able to share in Christ’s joy. His purpose and desire is for us to come to the fullness of joy with him in heaven. But in his generosity, he gives us the opportunity to experience true joy here on earth, as a foretaste of heaven. My hope for each of us is that we can experience true joy today, wherever we find ourselves, because joy is Christ’s gift to us.
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.
What is distracting me or keeping me from experiencing joy?
What has brought me joy this week?
How or where will I seek out joy today?
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.
"Share my joy completely."
"Your word is truth."
"Be consecrated in truth."
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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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Super, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
If you have anything you'd like our team to pray for, please go to the page of our website called "Prayers" and let us know how we can pray for you today.