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).
As you celebrate Christmas this year, I ask you to consciously set aside a little time to prayerfully contemplate your interactions with the people in your life. Think about how you act toward the many and varied individuals you are connected to in one way or another. Are you respectful to your parents, and grateful for the things they do for you? Are you loving to your siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, etc.? Do you support and build up your friends, neighbors, classmates, and other associates?
Why is reflecting on this an important exercise to undertake periodically? Outside of your devotion to God and Jesus, I believe behaving gracefully toward the people in your life may be the most important undertaking you will be tasked with during your life. God, who is love, created you out of His love, just as He did every human being. He did not need to create you, or any of us. He did so because He wanted us to share in the love which is Him. By definition, this means that we were not created for ourselves. We were created for others. In order for us to know God’s love, and participate in it, we must love others, as He does. We must see them as He sees them, with His eyes and His heart.
Please, free up some time in your life over the next day or two, before the season of Christmas is over, and pray for the people in your life. Pray also that you be given the grace to see them as God sees them, and to treat them accordingly. True happiness comes not from within yourself, but from sharing God’s love, between Himself, you, and the souls you interact with here in God’s world.
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.
Who do you need to treat better in your life?
How can you share God's love with the people in your life?
How can you love the people who you are not already close to, maybe even strangers?
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.
"Jesus I Trust in You."
"Teach me how to love."
"Come Holy Spirit."
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?
Spend some time to love everyone you encounter. It will look different for different people in your life, but try to consciously love every person you encounter toady.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jim Lundgren, a parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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