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).
In every Catholic parish, the light of Christ burns brightly every Easter Vigil and scatters the darkness that surrounds us. The Paschal Candle that symbolizes the Lord Jesus, triumphant in conquering death and sin is relit every time a son or a daughter is reborn in baptism. Every baptized person shares the resurrection of Jesus and the light of His triumph.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lamp stand?” The gift of light that we received in our baptism, do we keep it in or should we use it to bring the light of Jesus in our surroundings?
This light that we received needs to be reignited by a relationship with Jesus. He is the light that never ends, without prayer, without friendship with Him, our light is bound to fail. Jesus desires to keep our light reignited. The more we let that light shine, the more He increases it in us.
Today, let us be Christ’s light to those who surround us. There is a lot of darkness in many lives. Let us share with them the light of Jesus with our loving actions, with our joy.
May Jesus be today the light of our life.
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 are you letting the light of Christ shine on to your surroundings?
Do you allow Christ to burn brightly through you? Are you allowing Him to increase in you through friendship and prayer with Him?
How can you increase the flame of Jesus within you?
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 are my light."
"You are my life."
"Live in 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?
Today, let the love of Christ shine through you. It can be difficult to confidently radiate Jesus to all those you encounter, but today, let that light of Christ burn brightly for all to see. Ask God to give you the grace you need to increase the fire in your heart and to share His love through your actions. Trust that He is with you always.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Ervin Caliente, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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