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).
I heard a talk at a Catholic Conference years ago where the speaker described his life of prayer:
"I wake up every morning before my wife and kids around 5am. I make myself coffee, sit with God in prayer for an hour, and allow Him to tell me who am I. That I am his beloved son."
Such a life of prayer is an ideal for me. I think it would be powerful to enter into daily life already having spent quality time with our Lord. I am also am struck by the second half of his sharing; that a dedicated time of prayer allows God the chance to remind us of our core identity—a beloved child of God.
My identity as a child of God was not something I initially grasped. I realized Jesus died for my sins and that through his sacrifice, I was offered a place in heaven. But God did not stop at the gift of salvation. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross brings us into his family. God the Father adopts us, and Jesus becomes our brother!
Take a pass through the New Testament, and you will find dozens of references to our incredible new identity, such as today’s second reading: “for you are all children of the light, children of the day” (1 Thes 5:3). The Catholic Catechism further teaches how our adoption takes place during the sacrament of Baptism (CCC 1265).
If we become secure in our identity as God’s beloved children, it will impact every aspect of our life. When others try to tear us down, we remain steadfast. We face life with confidence rather than worry and fear. We trust God’s mercy when we fall into sin. And perhaps most importantly, knowing our identity allows us to enter into proper relationship with God. We do not act as a spiritual orphan, hoping to check every box in order to earn God’s approval. Rather, we first receive God’s unconditional love and then freely share it with others.
The distractions and burdens of life can certainly leave us confused and disillusioned, so much so that we forget our identity. That’s why it’s so important to take time every day to sit with God in silence. Allow him to remind you of your identity. That you are His beloved child.
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 does my identity as a child of God impact my life?
How do I share God's unconditional love with others?
How can I spend more time with the Father?
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.
"I am a child of God."
"I have been adopted by God."
"I am beloved."
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?
Intentionally spending a few extra minutes praying in the arms of the Father today.
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