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.
Note: this reading is taken from the readings for the Easter Vigil.
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).
We have reached the end of what many people have called the “Lentiest Lent” ever. And while Jesus was laid in the tomb only yesterday, for many of us, we have been in what feels like a tomb far longer. We have been isolated in our homes, away from the life of our communities and the Church. But just as Jesus did, we are called to rise.
As Paul says in Romans in the final reading before the Gospel for tonight's Vigil, “We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.” We know this as Christians who have seen the light of the resurrection.
Yet, on this night when we celebrate the Easter vigil, many of us may feel that the resurrection from our current situation will never come. The tomb is sealed shut. No light peaks in. But, if you’ve ever attended the Easter vigil, you will remember that it begins with a single flame atop the Easter candle. Then, little by little, the light of Christ is passed from person to person until the entire church is lit.
In the first reading from Genesis, God speaks his Word, saying: “‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the darkness.” Light is the first thing called for by the Creator.
And just like that first spoken word, the Father summons his son from the grave, summoning the Word back into the light.
That first Easter vigil was filled with uncertainty. The disciples knew their Lord was in the tomb and thought the light was gone. But then came the morning. The sun set and the sun rose again. Tonight, let yourself rest in the darkness. Allow yourself to rest in the tomb with Christ.
This year, unlike most others, this darkness might not be too hard to imagine. It may seem unending. But, just like Christ’s resurrection, there will be a resurrection from our current world crisis. It may not come immediately, and it will likely come slowly. But like the candles at the vigil, the light will spread and we will experience the glory of the resurrection like never before. Have faith, my dear brothers and sisters, for Christ continues to conquer death!
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.
In what ways is there darkness in your life that you haven't fully trusted God with? How can you invite his light into those situations?
As this Lent comes to a close and we move into Easter, what are you bringing to the Lord in a particular way?
How does the reality of the Triduum celebration – the Last Supper, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – change your life as it comes to a close with the vigil tonight, even if this year's Triduum was celebrated unlike every other year?
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 a light in the darkness."
"You are the resurrection."
"You are life."
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?
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer during coronavirus:
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Ava Lalor, an editor for a Catholic newspaper.
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