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).
"Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
In our baptism, the Father calls us beloved sons and daughters. In our baptism you and I become a child of God. This identity allows us to inherit the Kingdom prepared for us from the foundation of the world. Like every son and daughter we become heirs of an inheritance, and yes, just like a regular family others receive the inheritance due them as faithful sons and daughters but others end up not receiving any inheritance because they have disowned their family perhaps or some disagreement with their parents.
Our heavenly Father desires our obedience through particular moral codes as sons and daughters. These codes are governed mainly by charity that keeps us connected to the family we call Church. The dos and don'ts points to our need to be accountable to each other. To make sure that no one is left thirsty or hungry or naked or imprisoned. If we keep to these acts of loving because we first love God, we are assured of our inheritance.
Today, embrace the Father's love and do what must be done to keep our selves and others happy members of God's family, the Church.
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 can you embrace God's love for you today?
Where is God calling you to serve others?
"How does your faith make you accountable to others."
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 am God's child."
"God loves me."
"Lord, I will serve 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?
Who can you serve today? Who can you reach out to and love as God loves?
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Ervin Caliente, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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