STep #1: Lectio / Read
Today's Reading is the Gospel, and can be found in:
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Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
I don't exactly know how it happened, but somewhere along the line everybody started believing that everything in the Bible is serious.
If you've ever taken a Scripture class or read a book on it or anything, you know that the Bible is a collection of all different kinds of books. The Bible's got history, poems, rules, tales, laws, and so forth. The Bible is replete with different kinds of literature, it's chuck full of differences, but one thing everybody seems to agree on is that it's ALL serious.
The Bible's got some jokes. And to ancient hearers, today's episode with Nathaniel (or Bartholomew, as he also goes) is a total joke. When he says to Jesus "Can anything good come from Nazareth?", it's a total slam...but like a jokey slam. Then, when Jesus says, "Here is a true child of Israel", Jesus is really saying...this guy gets it. It shows a very human, very real sense of humor on the part of Jesus and Nathaniel.
Today's Gospel is a wonderful reminder that if we take life, if we take Christianity too seriously, then it could seem dark, humdrum, heavy, and tedious.
But if we take Bartholomew's cue and look at the world the way he did, then we'll see some pretty great things.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
Jesus, Do I take you seriously?
Jesus, Do I take you too seriously?
Lord, help me to see the world as Bartholomew say the world. Help me to be light.
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
Come and see.
Do you believe?
You will see greater things than these.
For the Rest of your day...
Use the joy of your Christianity to make someone else's day a little bit better. Maybe even joke around with somebody.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Jonathan Bakkelund