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 Jesus places His hands on the children before He goes away. What’s that all about? Our Christian Faith comes to us from our big brothers and sisters, the Jews. It’s a deeply biblical gesture – the laying on of hands. It transfers authority, imparts a portion of God’s spirit, heals the sick, unites believers, and commissions certain folks for ministry. Jesus, so devoutly and faithfully Jewish, takes up this ancient practice of His faith and teaches it in various ways to His apostles. Today, Catholics see the gesture in certain charismatic movements, but above all in the Sacraments. Most fundamentally, the gesture of the laying on of hands teaches that God does not act outside of space and time. God does not intervene in ethereal and transcendental ways. He heals, sends, imparts, becomes present through hands, or more accurately, through you, through me. Today’s Gospel is an urgent reminder, you don’t have to go around touching people, but this mission of building up the Kingdom requires teamwork. Christ calls us to be here, to be there, to be with, to strengthen one another, to lend a word of support, or to speak healing to a brother or sister in Christ. Whether our laying on of hands is physical or a bit more metaphorical, Christ calls us today to be bold.
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 have the boldness of faith to pray for someone and think God can heal them?
Do you honestly believe that God can, and wants to heal you?
How does praying for each other strengthen the Church?
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.
"Come Holy Spirit."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Here I am 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?
Pray for and pray with someone today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Jon Bakkelund, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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