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).
“Master, it is good that we are here.”
Have you ever felt that way? That God placed you so perfectly in that moment to be present?
I had that moment recently, but not in a way I would have expected. I was on a retreat, which might sound typical. But I was laying on the bathroom floor, sick to my stomach for hours (thanks gluten). Why was it good in that moment? That's not the moment I envisioned having. I thought my place was in the chapel, with adoration with everyone else. Yet I wasn't. Later on, someone told me it was good that I was sick. Not because she wanted me to be sick. But because she said the Lord might use my suffering for the lives and hearts of all those who were in adoration.
Today, Peter says, it is good that we are here. It is good that they could build a tent. Yet, Jesus doesn't have them build a tent. Instead they are there to be witnesses. Without realizing it, they are witnesses to Jesus planning his own suffering. He is discussing how He will bring an exodus to Jerusalem, an exodus of sin. He will take on sin to lead the people to new life.
It is good that they are here, to witness God telling them to listen to Jesus. To follow Him. The Father affirms the mission of the son.
It was good that they were there, but not in the ways they expected. Where does God want you to be today?
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.
Where is my heart restless and wanting to keep working?
To what does the Lord want me to witness?
Where I have I been able to simply be present to those around me and the situation in front of me?
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.
"It is good."
"You are present."
"Be where your feet are."
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?
Take a moment to simply be present. Be present to the Lord at Mass. Be present to your family. Be present to yourself, and allow yourself time to rest today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Kendzior, Junior High Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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