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).
I think a lot of folks think that if you go all in, Catholically speaking, life will be less awesome. I really think most people who don't follow Jesus - really follow Jesus - have the idea that the whole Jesus gig will place so many rules, so many burdens on your life that it will make life less fun, more rigid, and ultimately, will not make them happy.
That is precisely where today's Gospel comes in.
Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the lives of our "big brothers and sisters" - the Saints! The Saints are the happiest people you'll ever meet because they lived out the very reason they were created...a relationship with Jesus Christ. The secret to their success is right in today's Gospel - the Beatitudes, which are Jesus' advice for being happy.
Wanna be happy? Be poor in spirit, that is, humble.
Want true happiness out of life? Be meek.
Wanna be filled to the brim with peace and joy and contentment? Be merciful, work for justice, be a peacemaker.
Wanna be a fulfilled, thriving, successful person in God's eyes? Try to be a Saint.
Today's great Feast teaches us one thing: It's possible.
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.
Have you ever bought into the idea that your faith is a list of rules controlling your life? What can you do to reminder yourself of the joy that Christ offers you?
Which of the Beatitudes speak most specifically to you today? Why is that one sticking out in your mind?
How much are you striving to be a saint today? What practical steps can you take to emphasize your desire for sainthood in your daily life?
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.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit."
"Blessed are the meek."
"Blessed are the peacemakers."
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 Lord bear fruit in you today?
Pick one saint that you can learn more about, and read something about them. Learn about what made them a saint, and think of practical ways to implement their virtues in your own life.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Jon Bakkelund, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.