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).
You aren’t alone in this journey of faith; Jesus has given us each other to walk together on the pathway to heaven. When we read in the Gospel that Jesus sent His disciples out two-by-two, we understand that he did this so that they could support one another and keep each other accountable in the struggles of life and preaching the faith. But Jesus didn’t stop there with making sure His followers had a support system.
When Jesus established the Catholic Church, He entrusted us to each other. In my own journey, I don’t think I would have ever ended up where I am without having good friends around me. Sometimes, I’d get so caught up in family issues or relationship drama or I’d start focusing on things that weren’t so great for me, and I needed those friends to lovingly call me out and guide me back to Jesus. It wasn’t always easy for them to do that and it certainly sucked for me when they had to call me out, but I needed them to be more than just a presence in my life. I needed them to be friends that took action to keep me from forgetting who I was as a child of God. Even though sometimes I had to say goodbye to some of the bad influences in my life (even if I didn’t want to at the time), those things and people were holding me back from running towards Heaven.
My friends pushed me more and more and we fought for each other every single day and still continue to do so, and have become stronger Christians because of it. Whenever a friend was in a hole, the other ones were there to pull them out. Whenever a mountain needed to be climbed, we all would do it together (even if we had to drag each other kicking and screaming)! We all need that loving kick in the butt of a friend sometimes because, at the end of the day, Jesus made us to love one another.
Take a moment and reflect on the questions below, but don’t let the reflection just stay a reflection; let it become an action. Let Jesus work through you today and every day and turn you into a person of action who strives to be a better friend and disciple of Christ.
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.
Who are the people in your life that bring you closer to Christ?
How do you support your friends in their journey? How can you support them better?
How does your family, the greatest support system God has given you, reflect God to one another? What is one thing you can do today to bring Christ’s love to your family members?
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.
"Thank you, Lord."
"Lead me, Lord."
"I am yours."
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, be the friend who leads others to Christ. Support your friends in their relationship with Christ and help them on their journey to Heaven. At the same time, be open to their loving support, even if it can be painful. Be intentional with your actions and be a true friend in Christ.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Brendan Slovacek, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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