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).
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”
I am often weak, but Lord you are strong. Jesus help me to proclaim your greatness with my whole life, and make me a witness of your goodness.
"My spirit rejoices in God my savior."
Before I even knew I was in need of saving, Jesus you came down to restore me to life. Jesus, help me to rejoice always when I think about the ways you’ve saved me.
"For he has looked upon his lowly servant."
Lord, I am weak and humble. I fall often, and forget to put my trust in you. Jesus, help me to turn my stumbling blocks instead into stepping stones, a way that leads right to your heart.
"From this day all generations will call me blessed"
For the amazing love that you constantly pour out, Lord I am so blessed! Jesus, help me to see all the ways you’ve worked in my life, and for those around me to see your love through me.
"The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name."
I have received everything I have from you, O God. Jesus, help me to cherish every gift you’ve ever given me in my heart, and to always remember these signs of your love and goodness.
"He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation."
I’m not perfect, and I often forget your love and sin. Jesus, help me to trust in your mercy and never hold back from returning to you as soon as I’ve messed up.
"He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit."
When life gets hard I can trust in your strength O Lord, and I never want to rely on myself when you’re right there for me. Jesus, help me to cast my concerns on you, and trust that you can accomplish all things.
"He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly."
I don’t want to ever become proud and think that I’m better than anybody else. Jesus, everything I have is a gift, help me to always be humble in my heart.
"He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty."
I’m always looking for that “next thing” to make me happy, but only you can truly fulfill me. Jesus, help me to rely on you for everything that I might need, and trust in your care.
"He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy"
Throughout history the Lord has been with his people, never abandoning them. Jesus, help me to trust in you even when you seem distant; when I cannot feel your presence.
"The promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever."
The Blessed Virgin Mary knew the promises God made to Abraham and all of his descendants, and trusted in the promise of the Messiah to come. Jesus, help me to joyful welcome your coming into my heart more deeply this Christmas, just as Mary did.
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.
Which part of Mary's prayer spoke most directly to you today?
How can you, like Mary, more directly magnify the Lord with your life?
In what ways is God speaking to your heart in these last days before Christmas? When you find some time to be quiet, what do you hear?
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.
"Mary, lead me to your Son."
"Come, Holy Spirit."
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord."
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?
Share the greatness of God in your life with others in these next days of parties and Christmas celebrations. Find a way, either by your words, your service, your love, or some other means to show God's greatness to those you spend this holiday with.
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