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).
You probably have noticed that in the Gospel of John there are several instances where Jesus uses the phrase “I am”. He explains to his disciples very clearly and in very possessive terms what it is that he accomplishes with his life.
At one point, He declares “I am the Light of the World”. Jesus is the beacon we follow to turn from the darkness of sin, into the light of his life. Shortly thereafter, He states “I am the door”. Jesus is the sole gateway to eternal life, and we all must enter through him. Then again, He says “I am the Good Shepherd”. Jesus is our protector, the one we trust to look after and care for us.
He continues; “I am the Resurrection and the Life”. Our belief and love for him is our deliverance from death. When the disciples struggled to understand why Jesus claimed he would be leaving, Thomas asked “Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus responded simply; “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life”. He is the source of our salvation. Lastly, Jesus described his relationship with those around him; “I am the vine, you are the branches”. Jesus is the source of our life, just as the branch depends on the vine for water and life, we also depend on Jesus for spiritual nourishment.
Prior to all of the above statements, earlier in the Gospel, and the center-point of today’s reading, Jesus first asserts of himself; “I am the Bread of Life”. Here we realize the pinnacle of all that we believe. Jesus himself is our food. He has given us himself in the Eucharist. Through this great gift, we all join together as one body, and partake of the nourishment of his own glorified flesh. During this Easter season, remember that Jesus is many things to us. Follow him, learn from him, love and adore him. He IS our life.
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.
which "I am" phrase stuck out to you the most? What does it tell you about Jesus and your relationship with Him?
How has Christ, especially in the Eucharist, been a source of spiritual nourishment for you during the difficult or joyful moments in your life?
During this Easter Season, how can you grow in your relationship with God and your appreciation for all that He has done for us?
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 the way."
"You are the truth."
"You are the life."
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 addition to Mass on Sunday, go to a daily Mass this week. During your personal prayer time today and when you receive the Eucharist at Mass, meditate on the mystery of how Jesus comes so close to us that we can really receive the living bread that is His body which "that came down from heaven."
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jim Lundgren, a parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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