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).
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Imagine it. What made it great? Was it unique? Did it have a special meaning that only you and the gift giver could know? Was it a sacrifice for the person to get it for you?
When have you felt most full of joy and peace? Was it with your family? Bumming around with a friend? Joking with classmates? Out on a date?
I bet when I asked you to imagine the best gift you ever received you thought about some-thing. That’s where I was leading you, but isn’t the time with those we love in and of itself a gift?
Jesus gives us a great gift, He gives us Himself. Jesus, the King of kings, shares his very being with us. There are no prerequisites for this Love; not wisdom, nor a certain level of skill. He gives His heart freely.
Oftentimes, in living the Christian life, we want our relationship with Jesus to be complete and clear immediately. We struggle when it seems like our closeness with the Lord becomes stagnant. This causes frustration to rise up in us and we grab at the Lord; we might make demands in prayer, or we may even try to wheel and deal for grace. However, relationship with Jesus is a gift given, and we are given the grace to unwrap it slowly, anticipation building, and more layers to delight in.
Intimacy with Jesus in the beginning of our faith journey is like a rose that is just beginning to open up in the spring. We want desperately to see the beauty in its fullness, but if we choose to force it open, we may not have the eyes to see the depth of goodness that the Lord offers us. Jesus longs to continue to surprise our hearts with His deep friendship, ever going deeper, ever filling your heart to the brim with the Father’s confidence and love for you.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus’ Heart beats out of love for you. His heart longs to love you into a place of rest. Come to Him and He will give you rest. He’s offering His gift of self, His beating Heart in a new and deep way. Close your eyes, give Him your burdens that your hands may be free to receive all the love He has to offer you.
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.
Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Do you know Jesus's heart? How do you understand Jesus's love for you?
How can you find rest in Jesus's sacred heart?
Jesus loves you totally and completely. Do you love Him?
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 give me rest."
"Jesus loves me."
"He gave me His heart."
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?
Today, find moments of silence (go to adoration if you can) and rest in Jesus's love for you.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Robert Blood, seminarian of the Diocese of Rockford.
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