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).
“Go with Him for 2 miles.” The Gospel today is taken from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, the heart of what it means to be a Christian, a Christ-follower. Too often we think that what makes us Christian is saying that we believe in Jesus, and that’s about all it takes. However, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lays out very clearly what it means to be a Christ-follower. It means living a life for others. It means being unusual.
If a stranger (or a friend) asked you to walk a mile with them to keep them company, would you? If so, that is being a kind human. But if you offer to go an extra mile and walk 2 miles with them, that is unusual. That is being a Christian. If your parent asks you to do the dishes, and you decide to do them without complaining, that is being a kind human. If you decide to clean the rest of the kitchen and take out the trash too, that is being a Christian. If you roll down your window and give a homeless person a dollar, that is being a kind human. If you pack a lunch and park your car and go sit down with that homeless person and share a meal with them, that is being a Christian. If you post on your social media about how you care about this or that social issue and about how racism is bad, that is being a kind human (I guess?). But if you decide to go out of your way to go spend time with a peer or a family of a different race and get to know them with no other agenda than loving them and befriending them, that is being a Christian.
This is uncomfortable. It demands something of us. But nothing good ever comes easy. And Christ demands big things from us. The more He demands from you, the more He has for you. The more He asks of you, the more He wants to give you. It’s spiritual mathematics, and its laws are reversed from our material mathematics. When you give an hour of your day to Him in service for another, you don’t lose an hours you gain an hours. When you give love, you gain love. When you walk 2 miles with a neighbor in need, you are actually being carried for 2 miles by Christ.
I am spending my summer around a group of almost completely non-religious people, and it has opened my eyes. I have noticed that many of my non-religious friends tend to be holier in me in the ways that they love others. I love those whom it is convenient for me to love, and most especially those who I can receive something in return from. I see many non-religious friends act so generously and hospitably to strangers and people who cannot repay them, and I ask myself, what makes me different from them? Is my Christianity attractive or appealing to them? If not, I have some reflecting to do. My time in prayer everyday should change the way I live. How is God calling me today to walk with those around me for 2 miles? That’s what I’ll be reflecting on today. Maybe you should too.
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.
How have you seen others model real Christianity for you?
Are those around you moved by your Christianity?
How are you called to walk with someone?
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.
"Let me walk with you."
"Open my heart Lord."
"Help me be like you Jesus."
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?
Before we continue with the prayer we have been praying daily during this pandemic, let us pray for unity. Please click here to pray the Prayer to Overcome Racism. I encourage you to pray this prayer often, or one similar in your own words so that we can begin to strive towards the unity God created us for.
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer during coronavirus:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Austin Ashcraft, a whitewater rafting guide in Colorado.
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.