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).
“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” This beautiful truth ends today’s Gospel and is also in the Alleluia.
Thank you, God, for sending the Holy Spirit to guide and lead us throughout our lives. I have had quite the journey with the Holy Spirit, and my life has forever changed because of His presence. His gifts and fruits in my daily life are remarkable. I walk with Him moment by moment now, living in His Spirit and discerning spirits each day.
But it wasn’t always like this. It took me some time to recognize the movement of the Spirit, His voice and His promptings in my daily life. I hear many people say, “How do I hear God’s voice, how do I do His will?”
It was Ephesians 5:17 that spoke to me one day in prayer: “Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.”
So, I began to look at my own spiritual life. God showed me that I was not spending enough time with Him. I added more silence, Adoration and began mental prayer so I could learn His special way of communicating with me. I started every day contemplating the daily scriptures through Christian meditation. At the end of each day, I prayed a daily Exam reviewing where I paid attention to the Spirit’s promptings and where I ignored or over-ruled His movement in my life. God showed me patterns and behaviors that were blocking me and persevered to correct my actions.
He moved me to study Ignatius Spirituality and discernment of Spirits and use more weapons for the daily spiritual battle, including deliverance prayers. He taught me to live in the present, where He is, and take every thought captive as St. Paul tells us. Our thoughts are not our own and we must actively discern, which gets easier the more we practice living moment to moment with God.
I pray we all take a more active role in our spiritual lives. As it says in James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
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 do you listen to the Holy Spirit?
When have you felt the nudge to go deeper in your faith? How did you respond?
What are you doing each day to listen to the Lord? How has your routine changed in the recent pandemic? Is it better or worse?
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.
"Lord, I hear you."
"Help me listen Lord."
"Come Holy Spirit."
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?
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 Kendra Von Esh, an International Catholic Speaker, TV News Anchor, Radio Host and Author with a passion to help others deepen their relationship with God and the Faith.
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