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).
Today’s Gospel is one that can be hard to read and take to heart because it challenges us so much. What Jesus is saying, through this parable of the workers not knowing when the master will come home, is that we never know when the second coming of Christ will be or when our time on earth is up. Therefore, it is our duty to be continually vigilant in serving God and bringing about His Kingdom here on earth.
But this is hard work! As faithful Catholics, we have to be countercultural in many aspects. If you are dating and not yet married, you are expected to not live with your significant other and to save the giving of yourself fully until you are married. Even when you are married, the way the Church teaches to plan and be open to having children is radical to a lot of people.
These are a couple of the big “hot button” topics, but what if we are doing those? Is there still more we should do to be those good, faithful servants?
Yes! The last line of the Gospel puts it in perspective: “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” The more we know the Truth about our faith, the more we have a responsibility to share that with others, but how do we come to know the Truth? And how do we know how we should share the Truth with others?
We come to know Truth and how we should serve the Kingdom in many different ways that are unique to each person, but with similar scaffolding. We have to seek Truth by reading scripture, listening to Catholic podcasts, talking with people who have studied Theology, reading books that dive into these topics, etc., but being a faithful servant is SO MUCH more than just knowing what Truth is.
It is really good to know the “facts” behind our faith (Scripture and Church teachings). But the relationship with God we form is even more important than that. Without a personal relationship with God through prayer, we cannot know what or how we should best serve the Kingdom here on earth. How can I bring others to Jesus if I don’t have a relationship with him myself? How can I promote the Mercy and Love of the Father if I don’t spend time to experience that Mercy and Love myself? And without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, how am I to know if my life is going to the right direction?
A faith spin-off to what is said to Spider-Man: With great faith, comes great responsibility. The deeper we dive into our faith, more is expected of us, but the good news is that this responsibility doesn’t feel like a burden but more of an act of love that you can’t help but want to do.
Step #3: Oratio / Prayer
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 can I be a faithful servant today?
How have I come to know the Truth?
How have I developed my relationship with the Lord through prayer? How can I bring others to Jesus and share this relationship with them?
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.
"With great faith, comes great responsibility."
"At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."
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?
Reflect today on how you have been (or may not have been) a good, faithful servant. Begin preparing now for the day when you will get to meet the Lord!
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