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).
“Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)
When have you felt most alone?
One time, when I was in my early twenties, I embarked on a pretty ambitious solo road trip throughout much of the western United States. This whole area was a big mystery to me, because I grew up on the east coast of Canada, so deserts and mountains were not familiar territory, but I was excited by the sense of adventure it gave me.
Well, I didn’t plan the trip as well as I could have, and once I left Canada and entered the US I ran into a lot of issues with my cell phone and bank card, and soon found that not only was I in a completely new part of the world where I didn’t know a single soul for a thousand miles, but I was also broke, even compared to my “broke student” standards. My strangest night was when I felt out of options and slept in my car in a Walmart parking lot in Salt Lake City, Utah.
I felt like I was alone, and on my own.
I woke up the next morning, which was a Sunday, and managed to find the nearest Catholic Church and attended Mass before heading out for the next leg of the trip.
That Sunday at Mass, I was flooded by a powerful sense of being home. Despite being in a tough spot, in a place where I felt lost, I knew when I entered the church - I belonged. As I received the Eucharist, I knew that the whole Church was there with me in a mysterious way.
No matter who you are, you and I are part of the same body of Christ because we both come to communion to be united to the same God. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what you’ve been through, the color of your skin, how old you are, or what sins might be in your past; when you come to God and receive Communion, you take your seat at God’s family dinner table with all of his children. You belong. You matter. You are at home here.
What unites us and brings us together is the Eucharist. When I come to the body of Christ, I am no better or worse than you are; we are all just poor beggars who come before the God who gives out spiritual food abundantly. And since we have the same Heavenly Father, that makes us brothers and sisters. We are not strangers, we are family! We are united in God’s big, ever-expanding family!
Even though some of us are still away from the Mass due to public health policies, this Corpus Christi Sunday let’s remember that God brings us all into one family, and it is through His own Body and Blood that we too become one body in Christ.
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.
How have you felt these past few months without being able to go to Mass or receive the Eucharist?
How did you feel receiving Jesus for the first time again? If you haven't been able to, how are you feeling about being able to receive Jesus soon?
How can you keep up that excitement up to receive Jesus, and how can receiving Him help us be one body in 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.
"Thank You Jesus."
"My Lord and my God."
"I love you Jesus."
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?
Before we continue with the prayer we have been praying daily during this pandemic, let us pray for unity. Please click here to pray the Prayer to Overcome Racism. I encourage you to pray this prayer often, or one similar in your own words so that we can begin to strive towards the unity God created us for.
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer during coronavirus:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Chris O'Hara, an evangelist in Canada.
If you have anything you'd like our team to pray for, please go to the page of our website called "Prayers" and let us know how we can pray for you today.