Step #1: Lectio / Read
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).
Have you ever experienced that deep, extreme sense of terror that accompanies the perceived loss of something important to you? I certainly have. A couple of weeks ago I was leaving a coffee shop and as I got into my car and searched for my phone (to sync the Beauty and the Beast playlist that I recently downloaded to my car Bluetooth of course) I realized that it was nowhere to be found. The initial moment of panic was mild; I figured I must have left it inside the coffee shop. Cut to five minutes later and me running frantically around said coffee shop as I began to consider the worst-case scenario (aka losing all my contacts, pictures, music, and having to buy a new phone #AintNobodyGotFundsForThat). It must have been a good fifteen minutes (which felt like an eternity) of sheer anguish and horror before I found it stuck between the cushions of the chair I had been sitting on. To say the emotions experienced upon locating my cell phone were anything short of pure joy is an understatement. I felt relieved, overjoyed, complete, and at peace.
Now, obviously, that was a bit of a melodramatic recounting of the Saga of My Lost Phone, but I share it because if I felt that relieved when I found my cell phone, I can only imagine the amount of joy and excitement felt by the two Marys (Mary Magdalene and the other Mary) in today’s Gospel when they found that the Lord was risen. I mean let’s just enter into that moment for a second. On their way to the tomb, the two women must have been overcome by a sense of anguish and loss. The Lord, the savior, they had placed all their hope in was dead. Their friend, the one they had followed all the way to the cross, was gone, he was nowhere to be found. Just sit in that reality for a moment, imagine how you would’ve felt, how that loss might have hit you.
Fast forward to them arriving at Jesus’ tomb and the voice of the angel proclaiming, “He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said” (Jn. 28:6a). The joy, the excitement, the relief, the peace. And the honor. Not only did the risen Lord appear to them, he also chose them as messengers to proclaim the Good News to his disciples.
Can you imagine? I hope so. Because the reality is that the very same role the Lord gave to the Mary's, he has given to us. We are his messengers; the ones he has sent out to proclaim the Good News of his Passion, Death, and Resurrection. So let us ask the Lord, this Easter season, to fill us with boldness and joy that we might not hesitate to be his messengers, to bring the Good News to those around us!
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.
Think of the first time you truly encountered Christ. What did you feel?
Imagine you were there, watching as they crucified Jesus and buried Him in the tomb. How would you have felt?
Who will you go and share the news and joy of the Resurrection with?
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.
"Alleluia, Christ is risen!"
"Come awake! Come and rise up from the grave!"
"Our God is not dead!"
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?
Continue to dwell in the joy of the Resurrection today. Allow that joy to permeate every part of your life.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lauren Wright, an Adore Missionary and Youth Minister in Rockford, IL.