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).
There is something really beautiful about being Catholic in a week like this. Holy Week is the most beautiful, profound, and holy time in the whole year. In our faith, we are challenged to live in a sort of paradox– we know that Easter is coming this Sunday, and yet we fast and pray and walk with Jesus towards His cross. We know that the victory will be won, but we still need to do the work of walking to that victory.
That is why I find this first reading from Isaiah so beautiful. Isaiah is reflecting on his own call from his birth and how God is speaking through him to the Israelite people. In the end, speaking God's words over the people, Isaiah, whose "strength is in the Lord", tells the people that they shall be a light to the nations, taking God's message to the ends of the earth. It is not enough anymore for the people simply to serve God; they have been chosen by him, and instead of simply serving they now are being called into a relationship of love that will lead them forward into the whole world.
Brothers and sisters, in this week as we prepare for the Triduum at the end of this week and the Lord's ultimate return in glory, the message to you and I is the same: I have chosen you from birth, I love you, you are mine, and I will send you forth to the ends of the earth with that love. You are not just my servant; no, you are redeemed, you are loved, you are brought into relationship with me, and you are my friend.
Let's pray this week to walk the path to the cross faithfully with Jesus. We know how it ends, but we still need to be there all along the way that we would learn more and more to live as he lived, to love as he loved, and to be his witness to the ends of the earth.
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 does the knowledge that God has chosen me from the beginning change the way I enter into Holy Week?
In what ways am I living in a relationship with God instead of just serving him?
How can this Holy Week be a chance for me to be a light to the world?
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.
"Thank you for choosing me."
"Let your light shine through me."
"Help me walk with 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?
Make a resolution to do one thing this week to help God's light shine through you as a light to the nations- maybe it's reaching out to someone who needs help or an old friend, or evangelizing through word or deed.
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