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).
Happy New Year to you and your family! May God bless us all in His mercy today as we start off 2018! We have spent this advent and Christmas season preparing for Christ and receiving Him into our hearts. Now, in 2018, we work on continuing to grow and persevere in our relationship with God.
Today’s Psalm praises God and calls all nations to praise in unison, thanking God and asking for His mercy. We all have so many reasons to praise the Lord! He has let His face shine upon us among all nations and has made known our salvation. We should “be glad and exult” because God is with us! The Lord has blessed me this years in ways I couldn’t have expected and that I wouldn’t have really believed if you told me about it last New Year’s. Some things didn’t feel like blessings, but ended up bearing the most fruit in my spiritual life. However, we all need a little help from time to time in our spiritual lives, there were times where I really needed some help, and God blessed me with just the person I needed.
Mary, the Mother of God, has helped me more times than I can count, from family issues, to school, to needing someone to talk to. She always took my heart into her hands and brought me to her Son. I would not have the relationship I have with God if I did not have a relationship with Our Lady. The Blessed Mother is not only the Mother of God, but our Mother too. She wants more than anything else to help us on our pathway to Heaven, to lead us to a full and loving relationship with her Son.
Today we celebrate the feast of Mary as Mother of God. As today’s Psalm calls all nations to give praise to God, there is no better example of this than the Blessed Mother. She is our model of love of God, of faith and trust. During advent and Christmas, we have been striving to grow in faith and trust. What better way to start the new year than asking for Our Lady’s intercession, her help, to continue to grow in holiness and love so that we can live the best lives we can possibly live? Ask for her help to continue to journey deeper in the heart of Jesus, follow her example of faith and trust, and rejoice in this new year! Let us come together today to praise God for all the blessings He has poured out upon us, with the help of Our Lady, and look forward to this new year with joyful hope of all the blessing to come. May God continue to bless all of you in His mercy all the days of your lives!
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 will you praise God for today?
What are the ways you hope God will continue to bless you this year?
How do you plan to grow in a deeper relationship with Mary and with Jesus this year?
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.
"May God bless us."
"I praise you, Lord."
"I give you thanks, Lord."
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?
Ask today for Our Lady’s intercession and help to continue to grow in holiness and love so that you can live the best life you can possibly live. Ask for her help to continue to journey deeper in the heart of Jesus, follow her example of faith and trust, and rejoice in this new year!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Mary Griffin, a Senior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University of Steubenville. 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.