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).
How often do I think of going out and proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand? Probably not very often. And to think of doing it without taking any money or a packed bag? Let’s not even start talking about curing the sick and driving out demons, that just sounds crazy.
But it’s not crazy! Christ gives us all that we need and is inviting us to follow Him and enter into a relationship with Him. When we follow Him and do His work, anything is possible. Jesus brought about the Kingdom of Heaven through His life, His words and deeds, and there is still more to come when He comes again!
So Jesus has entrusted us to go out and spread the Good News of the Kingdom and our salvation, but isn’t that what the really smart and uber religious people do? Everyone has the right to believe whatever they want, so who am I to tell them what’s true? Well, Jesus told us Himself that He is “the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6) and it doesn’t take a theologian to proclaim the Kingdom. Anyone can and everyone has the responsibility to (check out Mt 28:18-20 for details).
So if anyone can proclaim the Kingdom, what should I say? Good question. Well you need to know the kerygma. What’s that you might ask? Well it is the fundamentals of the Good News of Christ. Here’s a sample: God made the world perfectly out of the abundance of His love and made man in His image and likeness. Man was in perfect communion with God until sin entered the world. Because of sin, humans were separated from God and their perfect relationship was broken. But God made a plan to fix it. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. Jesus gave us the New Law and the pathway to freedom and eternal life through His teachings and miracles. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus took on our sins and reconciled us to God. After He ascended into Heaven, Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit who dwells with us and in us. Christ also instituted the Church to guide and sanctify us.
From all that Christ has given us, we can heal the sick and drive out demons through Him. He freely died for us and gave us eternal life, now we are to freely give to others the opportunity to love God as Jesus did for us. In this passage, Christ is calling us to trust in Him and His guidance. We don’t need to write out long speeches or worry about the material things we have, but search for Christ in prayer through the Scriptures and in the sacraments. We are to go out in the peace of knowing that God will help us as we do His work of proclaiming His Kingdom. If someone rejects you because of Christ, do not hold a grudge but let it go. Trust in God and go forth proclaiming His love, you can do it!
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.
Do you feel a personal responsibility to go out and share the Good News? Why or why not?
Go back and reread about the kergyma? How can you put the story of salvation into your own words?
In what ways can you prepare yourself to go out and share the Gospel? (And then go do it!)
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.
"Go out and tell the Good News."
"The kingdom is at hand."
"I have good news."
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, try and share the Good News with one other person! Tell them about how Jesus has impacted your life!
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Mary Griffin is originally from Massachusetts and currently a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville.