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).
So, the other morning I was crushing life. Wake up and, Bam! Prayer done, coffee made, kids washed, phone charged, bag packed, bacon eaten, matching socks on, and I dropped my daughter off at the bus five minutes early. Then with half an hour left to get to work I stopped for gas and realized that I forgot my wallet. Instant change in both my ability to get things done and my capacity to not act like a frustrated child in public. It was a rough day y'all.
Then we have a reading like today where Jesus sends the 72 disciples off with specific instructions to “carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals,” and I personally feel a bit embarrassed at my own troubles. Not because compared to my wallet incident the disciples did much more with even less, but because one little thing caused me to lose sight of the mission that Jesus had for me that day, and I missed some of those small, beautiful daily opportunities to fall more in love with God and my neighbors. We are not called to leave our wallets, backpacks, and chucks behind, we are called to let nothing get between us and adventure Christ has for us. This is important in our daily life not just for ourselves, but for others as well.
St. Teresa of Avila stated the urgency and the importance of this pursuit of joy (regardless on if we feel prepared and have our wallets) when she said that “Christ has no body on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ looks out to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless others now.” If we take this to heart then I think we can understand the urgency the disciples felt so strongly that they willingly left things behind so there was nothing to distract them from the joy of the gospel. This week leave a small thing behind, even if it's just putting our phone on airplane mode for a bit, and be present to those around us and attentive to what we can do to be the body of Christ in our world today.
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's something that happened today or this week that thing caused you to lose sight of the mission that Jesus had for you that day? How could you have used that occasion to fall more in love with God and your neighbors?
Do you let yourself be the body of Christ on earth? What is holding you back from completely surrendering yourself to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
What are some small things you need to let go of to be more present to God and the people around 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.
"Let me be Your instrument."
"Help me serve You more."
"I love 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?
Let go of the little annoyances and inconveniences today. Use them as an opportunity to go deeper in love with God and the people around you.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Isaac Weickert, Youth Minister at St. Peter Catholic Church in Geneva, IL.
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