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).
)This is probably not news to you, but it can be hard sharing your faith with others, especially those in your lives who have no faith or belief in Christ. If you are like me, you have probably thought one of these things before:
I am not good enough.
Someone else will do it.
How can I even share my faith?
Something I have struggled with is the idea that I am not good enough, or holy enough. Doubts in your ability to share Christ with others are pretty natural, especially in high school when you have (maybe for the first time in your life) only really started making your faith your own. You get caught up in your own shortcomings and struggles and you can’t see past the fact that you are not good enough in your own eyes. In some ways this is totally true, because as Saint Paul will say later in scripture, “I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me.” We have to remember the only way we can share our faith with others is with and through Jesus.
I think another trap you can fall into is the idea that someone else will do it. Someone more qualified, like a youth minister, a theology teacher, or the really holy kid in youth group. However, Christ does not just call some people to spread the Good News; He calls everyone who believes in Christ is called to share Him with their friends, family, and those around them. Christ has impacted or changed your life in some way and you are called to share that with those in your life because you might be the only person who will tell him or her about Jesus.
How then, do you do this? First and foremost, you need to be living a Christian life. Living a life of holiness is the starting point for evangelization. It can be as simple as loving those around you as Christ would, and allowing your words and actions to reflect those of someone striving for virtue. Evangelization does not need to be loud or boisterous, and certainly does not involve whacking people upside the head with a bible and telling them that they are sinners. Instead, begin with loving people, and opportunities to share your faith will happen organically. And pray for opportunities to be courageous; the Lord will always give them to you.
We have to remember that being a Christian is not only about being a good person, but it is about being in a relationship with the greatest person, Jesus Christ. Without a relationship with Christ rooted in a daily life of prayer, we cannot even begin to hope to share the Good News with others, no matter how well intentioned we are.
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.
What are some realistic ways you can share your faith better and more effectively?
What are some obstacles (external and internal) that are preventing you from that?
How can you let go of those things and let Jesus work miracles through you?
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.
"Here I am Lord."
"Help me to love like You."
"Jesus, I trust in You."
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?
Introduce someone to Jesus today simply by the way you treat them and love them. If you love like Christ enough, eventually they will notice and ask, then you can share more about Jesus and the amazing things He has done in your life.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jason Liuzzi, a middle school religion teacher at St. John the Evangelist School in St John, IN.