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).
Every time we go to the Holy Mass, we recite the words of the centurion, except that we present our souls, "Lord, I not not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed".
Wherever we come to the Holy Mass, we are a different person than the time we came in. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we approach that which is Holy, God Himself. We present ourselves to the most beautiful thing that we can approach into this side of the world. Not only that, whenever we go to Holy Mass, we have with us the capacity to present to our loving God our loved ones who are also in need of God's healing, God's mercy and forgiveness.
Now, here's the good news. Whenever we present our loved ones to the Lord to be healed, He always have the same answer, " I will come and cure him."
I had a professor in the seminary who often said, "When you ascend the altar of the Lord to offer the Holy Mass, always bring with you the people who need healing". The Lord will always answer the prayers of those who come to Him in need.
You and I are called to be another centurion who presents people to the Lord. Today, think of your loved ones who are in need of Jesus' love, tenderness, mercy and compassion. Present them to Him in your prayers. Let Jesus heal them through your faith.
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.
Think about yesterday when you went to Mass. How did you leave differently than how you entered?
Who in your life do you need to pray for and ask Jesus to come to?
What do you need to ask Jesus to heal in your own heart?
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.
"I will come and cure him."
"Come to me Lord."
"Heal me 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?
Make a list of the people in your life you want to commit to praying for. Pray for them every day this week and ask Jesus to come to them.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Ervin Caliente, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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