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).
Let’s look at the 3 questions asked in this Gospel passage and find some light in each of them.
1. Jesus asks the teachers questions:
In the time of Jesus, when teachers were in the temple, they would ask those listening some questions. And the listeners/students were supposed to respond with a question in return. For example, if a teacher asked a student, “what is 4 plus 4”, the student could answer “what is the square root of 64”. It was in the question the students asked in return that a teacher could see if the student truly had understanding. So in this passage we find Jesus expressing that He understands. Whatever you are enduring today, the Lord understands. He gets it and knows it intimately. Why? Because He created you, He lives in your heart, He cares.
2. Mary asks Jesus, “Son, why have you done this to us?”:
Mary is not afraid to ask Jesus a tough question. Her question reveals her great trust in Him. We only ask hard questions of those we know will receive it with love. We only ask hard questions of those we know will not shame us. Whatever questions you have today, Jesus will not shame you or balk at you. Ask Him with great trust.
3. Jesus asks Mary, “Why were you looking for me?”:
Notice, that Jesus now asks Mary a question, once again expressing His deep understanding. Jesus knew that in this question, Mary was really asking Him about who He was. In His question/response back to Mary, is the simple reminder that He is a God who doesn’t abandon us, doesn’t forsake us, and doesn’t cause us harm. He only wants our good. When the Cross is heavy in our lives it can seem like Jesus is gone and doesn’t care, but in reality, He is bringing us to the Father and bringing us new life. Wherever you find yourself today, Jesus is already there, waiting for you.
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.
Talk to Jesus about a place in your life where you need to know He understands.
Jesus, do I trust you with the questions I have, like Mary did? Why or why not?
Jesus, how in my life are you showing me that you never leave me and only want what is best for me?
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.
Father, You created me and know me.
Jesus, You redeemed me and know me.
Holy Spirit, You sanctified me and know me.
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?
Today, when you start to feel angry, upset or stressed give that moment to God and ask Him to increase your strength.
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This reflection was prepared by Alycia Frech, a campus minister with Ablaze Ministries.