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).
Often time, during the Mass, the Church throws out some seriously solid mike drop one-liners.
Sometimes the mic drop moments show up during the liturgical prayers, other times they jump out at me from the Scripture that’s being read allowed; but no matter where they come from, they always leave me feeling like God just sort of (lovingly) smacked my soul back to life as I sat dozing off (because let’s be honest, sometimes the struggle in real) in the pew. And today’s mike drop moment is brought to us courtesy of King David and the book of Psalms.
As I was praying through the Mass readings, and got to the words of David: “Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom,” I was slapped right out of my going-through-the-motions stupor. You see I’ve had this thing with the Psalms lately, a sort of obsession if you will, that all started when a friend of mine reminded me a couple months ago that one of the reasons we offer praises and blessings to God (and what is the Book of Psalms if not a book of praises and blessings) is because the more we are reminded of who he is, the more we learn about who we are.
And in reading today’s Psalm, in reading today’s praises and blessings, I was brought face to face with yet another reality about who I am; or rather, another reality about who I am called to be. And the reality is this: if I am truly close to Christ, if I call him friend, then my life should magnify His glory.
Simple enough, sure. Bud does it? Does my life reflect God’s glory? Does my life (does your life) make Christ’s splendor known to those we encounter on a daily basis? If you’re anything like me the answer is, sometimes yes…but then also sometimes no, not at all.
And so my simple invitation to you today, is to ask the Lord how you can make his glory known right here, right now, as you are, to the people you will see, in the places where you will go. How can you, how can I, how can we, magnify the glory of the God who we call friend? Because, who knows, if we allow our reflections of God’s glory to shine bright enough, we might just, as Catherine of Siena once said, “set the world on fire.”
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.
Does my life reflect God's glory?
Who near me reflects God's glory?
How can I reflect God's glory today?
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.
"My life is your masterpiece Lord."
"I reflect the glory of God."
"Shine through me 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?
Be aware today of how you can share the glory of the Lord through your life. Be sure your actions, emotions, and expressions reflect the glory of the Lord to those around you by smiling, being joyful, and sharing the great things the Lord has done. You may be the only way someone sees the glory of the Lord today.
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