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).
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now.
If the world doesn’t know Jesus, the world can’t really know you. You have been marked by the Lord’s love in such a way, that if someone struggles to recognize the love you’ve received, they’ll totally miss the point in trying to understand what makes you tick.
Practically, is that true? Is your relationship with Jesus Christ the greatest defining characteristic that makes you, you?
Maybe you’re a ‘youth group kid’ or a church volunteer or someone who has built a dedicated prayer life. If that’s the case some days it might be easy to see that you are marked, chosen, set apart by the loving God of the universe. Still though, even striving to live a life of faith there can be days where He seems far and you might feel like not enough, not chosen, not worth seeing. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Maybe you’re somebody who is Catholic, but faith hasn’t really broken into the daily parts of life yet. You love the Lord, faithfully come to Mass on Sundays, and do your best to be kind. Opportunities pop up that might let others know that there’s something different about you, but for the most part your relationship with Jesus ends up being a pretty private experience. Yet still, to really get to know your heart someone would need to know the Lord who loves you.
At this very moment, despite what our feelings might say, you are radiating a sacrificial, generous, consistent love…a love that the world could never offer. You are a child made wonderfully by the Father. Your smile is bright in a such a way, the world would be left wondering how. Your desire for depth is inspired by a divine love that society might even belittle. Even when we are hurting, longing for more, and frankly are just needy…even then our spirit of receptivity is marked by the unique love of our Lord.
It’s a new year, and it is so easy to speak words of negativity over ourselves. I’m too this, I’m too that. I encourage each of us to try and catch ourselves in that negativity and speak the truth that we are set apart in love. In meeting you, others meet the Lord. You are God’s child, now and forever.
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 mis-understood by family and friends?
Does your commitment to faith make you feel like you don't belong in the world?
Are you afraid to make a commitment to faith because it might ostracize you from friends and family?
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'm all in Jesus."
"I'm a child of God."
"I belong to the 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?
As we finish the first week of this new year, remind yourself that you belong to Christ. Write it down in a journal. Write it on your bathroom mirror. Use post-its. Hand letter it on your notebook: "I am a child of God. I belong to the Lord."
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Robert Blood, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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