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).
St. Paul's words in today's letter to the Philippians ring of humanity. Paul is writing to the people of Philippi, people who knew Jesus and practiced their faith because Paul had come to them and taught them the faith. Now, after Paul has left Philippi and continued his mission, he is writing a letter in response to what he hears is happening there and continuing to minister to them through these words.
I don't know why the reality of the humanity of Paul in this letter struck me so much as I sat here in my basement praying with this reading, but it really did. The characters in Scripture are real people, people with emotions and experiences very similar to ours, and I too often neglect that reality.
For you and I, it's important to remember the humanity of Paul (and Peter and Mary Magdalene and John and Luke and Elizabeth and every other person in Scripture) because it reminds us that the initial call we receive is the same as the call they received. And what is that call? To encounter Jesus, and through that encounter to respond with a gift of our entire life, following Jesus wherever it is he asks.
Paul says that he prays for no reward, for he has received his reward. What is that reward? The reward is Jesus, the One in whom we all find our meaning and our hope. If, like Paul, we have a true encounter with Christ and find in him our reward, then we too can live out our calling to share him with those we meet, encountering them in our humanity and realizing that Christ's call for our life is personal, real, and unique.
Don't forget that all of the great prophets, saints, and martyrs were people like you and I. Let's let Christ encounter us, and through his grace become the great saints of our generation.
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 the ways that Christ is speaking to you lately through your relationships with people around you? How does He want to speak through you to others and through others to you?
In what ways has God revealed himself to you in normal, ordinary means like friendship or the day to day experiences of your life?
Who is God asking you to share your faith with right now?
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 became man.”
“Make me a saint.”
“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?
Seek out a friend today and find a way to just be with them. Share with them the joy of friendship, and find some time to talk to them honestly about the things God has been doing in your life. Let God speak to you and through you in your friendship.
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