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).
Today’s Solemnity is one of my favorites of the whole church year – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! Jesus appeared to a little French nun in the 1600’s at a time when most Christians believed they were unlovable. It’s true! A heresy had swept the hearts and minds of almost all Christians at the time.
They believed they were rotten, naughty, sinful, shameful, wounded, broken, ugly. They believed when God looked at them He saw someone who was fundamentally disordered and only because of God’s own infinite goodness was He able to save them in spite of themselves. They could never be loved by this superior, other, just God. So, they saw themselves as unlovable.
Right at this time Jesus shows up and says I have a heart, a real heart, a physical heart. Lub dub. Lub dub. Lub dub. My heart literally beats out of love for humans. My Most Sacred Heart is on fire with love for you! I often hear couples say, I have been madly in love with my spouse every single day for 37 years, but I haven’t always liked him/her! The quasi-joke being that there’s a difference between like and love. I get it. I think you do too.
Sometimes we can begin to believe that God loves us because He has to. But deep down in His God brain He’s wishing we were different. Smarter, richer, holier, thinner, kinder, better. He loves us, but He doesn’t like us. Today’s Feast is a beautiful and important reminder. Yes. God loves you. God likes 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.
Have you ever thought about how you've loved someone but didn't always like them?
Did you know about the Sacred Heart devotion?
Have you considered that the Lord's heart beats for 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.
"I love you Lord."
"Unite my heart with Yours."
"I like you 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?
Before we continue with the prayer we have been praying daily during this pandemic, let us pray for unity. Please click here to pray the Prayer to Overcome Racism. I encourage you to pray this prayer often, or one similar in your own words so that we can begin to strive towards the unity God created us for.
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:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Jon Bakkelund, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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