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 first reading is a call to action, a mandate of how we are supposed to see our brothers and sisters. In this letter, St. Paul affirms that we are no longer strangers yet we are all united in one family for the Lord. Everyone around us belongs to us as a member of our family. Jesus should be the base, the very foundation for how we treat one another, and with Him as a base, we should building a place for the Holy Spirit to dwell. We should be building this place in our Churches, but also in our homes, in our parks, in our Instagram feed, and in our hearts.
In my opinion, we've been sucking at this pretty recently (as a society as a whole and on a personal level). I read a meme this week referring to our society as the Great American divorce. Everyone is divided. So many are rushing to say what they believe is right but lack empathy or a willingness to listen or learn. St. Paul is challenging us today to put aside our differences and to love one another with Christ at the center.
Practically what does that mean or what do we do? I think it starts with listening. St. Thomas today is a beautiful example. He heard what the other apostles were saying, but he could not believe it to be true. Jesus had to show up and point it out to him, quite literally, by inviting Thomas to put his hand in His side. We are called to listen to our brothers and sisters, to try and understand things that we might not be familiar with. We are called to be a family, which might mean having difficult conversations and loving one another through responses.
We are all in this together, and we need one another. Our family is not the dame if one person is missing from it. Our neighbors are our responsibility, and we have a role to help them get to heaven. So how are you treating those around you like family? How are you reaching out to those that need you? How are you part of building the kingdom for Christ?
It is not easy, living out your faith you need to go uncomfortable places (sometimes with yourself) but it is worth it.
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.
What would it mean to really listen to people who have different opinions than you?
What's your first reaction when someone has a differing opinion than yours? What do you do if you know they're wrong?
What will you do this week to unite rather than divide?
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 desire to be One in the Lord."
"Help me listen."
"Open my 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?
Take a more moments to listen today than to speak. Listen to what the Lord has to say to you. Listen to the experiences of those around you. Listen for more than what's being said. Ask questions that lead to deeper listening that begin like "Tell me more about..." or "I'm curious about what you mean when you say..."
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