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).
I bet that if you were living in the time of Jesus you would have a lot of questions. Some of the things that Jesus did and said were different than the current way of doing things and might have seemed strange. For instance, in today's Gospel, we see that people are questioning why the disciples of Jesus do not fast. Fasting was a very common practice at this time, and it was deeply embedded into the lives of the people. It would seem strange to everyone that Jesus' disciples would not participate in the same fasting. But just like everything Jesus did and said-there is a deeper meaning, a deeper teaching. Jesus came to show us the way, the truth and the life.
Jesus coming changed everything, and it is clear that you can't keep on living as if He never came. Things about our lives need to change in light of the fact that Jesus entered our world to save us. Doing those things would be as ridiculous as pouring new wine into old wineskins. It just doesn't make sense to do that! There will be a time and place for fasting, but for right now, the disciples are walking side by side with Jesus. You don't fast at a wedding - you celebrate. Jesus is very clear that there will be time for fasting; its just not right now. All His examples lead us to recognize that Jesus is in their midst and because of that, things look a little different.
When we look at our own lives, we can see ourselves as the wineskins. Jesus is pouring new abundant wine into our hearts every day, and because of this, we need to change. We can't have this new wine poured into the old wineskins of our hearts. It just won't work. But Jesus gives us new wine and new wineskins. He can make all things new. Even when it seems ridiculous or strange, God can do all things.
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.
The Church has seasons of fasting and seasons of feasting. How do you practice each?
What do you want the Lord to make new?
What in your life do you know you need to change because the Lord has come?
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.
"He makes all things new."
"God can do all things."
"Jesus changed everything."
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?
Fridays are typically days of fasting (feast days excluded). How do you fast on Fridays? Or how you can begin to fast?
Sundays are feast days, days of celebration. How can you feast on Sundays?
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Megan Kramer, a parishioner at St. Mary's Parish in Huntley, IL.
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