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 think it can be easy to read Scripture passages like the first reading today and almost overlook them. This vision of Daniel that we read about today, which highlights the power and strength of God, can seem unattainable and might be difficult for us to relate to; but Daniel’s vision doesn’t just paint the picture of the majesty of God as King and Christ as his heir, it also paints the picture of our story.
You see, through Christ’s sonship we are given access to the grace that comes with being heirs of the King. St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that, “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him” (Rom 8:16-17). So when we read through this first reading today (especially the second half which highlights the Son’s role as heir), we aren’t just reading about the characteristics of Christ, we’re reading about our own inheritance as children of God.
So what, you might ask, does that even mean? What does it mean for us when Daniel says that he saw “One like the Son of Man [that] received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations” or that “His kingship [would] not be destroyed”? Well what it means, my friends, is that we have a share in Christ’s inheritance, which is Heaven. It means that we are invited to the Heavenly Banquet, that we have the opportunity to spend forever with the one for whom our hearts were made.
Now that might seem elusive or somewhat intangible, but the reality is that the promise of Heaven, the promise of eternity spent with Love Himself, is really what makes this whole Christianity thing worth it. It’s what we’re made for, the only thing that will ever truly satisfy our hearts. So as we pray through this first reading today, let’s remember that it isn’t just about Daniel relating a vision he had in the past, but rather it is a glimpse into what we have waiting for us in the future.
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 does it mean to me that I am an heir to heaven?
How am I living with Christ as the King of my heart and life?
How am I responding to the invitation of heaven? How is my life reflecting the glory of heaven?
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.
"You are my King."
"Help me chase heaven."
"Show me your glory, 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?
Read through Romans 8:16-17 again today and invite the Spirit, who makes you an heir along with Christ, to help inspire a vision of the Kingdom in your life. Let the Spirit move in your heart to increase the desire you have for heaven and inspire you to live a life worthy of heaven.
Today's prayer was prepared by Lauren Wright, a Youth Minister in Rockford, IL.
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