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).
It is kind of crazy to me how Jesus can break down the entirety of the law into two simple commandments. Two commandments that are two sides to the same coin: love. The law that we are called to follow as followers of Christ is love. Simple right? If only.
Love is one of the most fundamental human experiences, but it is also one of the most complex. Often God is referred to as Love Itself, which makes sense when you think of us as made in His image and likeness. We are created by love, for love and to love. So if love is at the very root of our identity, then why are we so bad at it? Well... love is completely selfless, and we are not. And anytime pride or selfishness comes into the picture, love becomes distorted and abused.
Love is the very reason God gave us free will, and yet it is the very thing most negatively impacted by the choices of our free will. I don't say all this for us to become discouraged or to lose hope. I only say this to remind us that we are made for more. We are made for a love that gives without question and would even die on a cross for us. We are made for true authentic love.
So how do we find that and how do we live it? Well the words are simply laid out in today's Gospel. Love God above all things and your neighbor as yourself. Simple words, but definitely not simple actions. It hurts sometimes, and it is rarely easy. But love is what we are made for and it is what will bring us true fulfillment and freedom. It is the only path to heaven. So as you go through your day today and try to discern how to be a little holier, ask yourself if you are acting with love in that moment. You'll be surprised how much more you can actually love if you are just aware of 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.
When is the last time you asked yourself if what you were doing was being done with love? How often are you aware of this?
How can you act with love more today?
Who do you need to treat with more love and dignity in your life right now? How can you practically and prudently do that?
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 love you."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"God, you are good."
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?
Set alarms on your phone or watch today to ask yourself if you are acting with love in that moment. Try and find a way to love God above all things and your neighbor as yourself every time that alarm goes off.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sean Norris, a theology teacher at JSerra Catholic High School in Orange County, CA.
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