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).
If you’re reading this, chances are that you probably already want to follow Jesus in your life. But are you really following Him? I remember when I started following Jesus in high school; I had been an athlete who was obsessed with success on the field and popularity off of it. A sports injury wounded who I was and left me not knowing where to turn. If you’ve ever been hopelessly lost before, you know the feeling I’m talking about. It was like the roadmap to my life all of a sudden went missing and I was left feeling anxious, stressed, and alone. Then one day Jesus came into my life and I realized that what I was missing wasn’t sports, or popularity, or true love- it was Jesus. All the earthly things that I had loved could only be temporary, because they were of a world that doesn’t truly have anything “permanent”. True fulfillment only comes from what’s permanent, and that means Jesus.
Now it’s easy to say that we need to follow Jesus, but as many of you know, it can be hard at times. Following Jesus isn’t just words or a feeling, it’s action. That’s why in today’s Gospel, Jesus says “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” He’s telling us exactly what we need to do. We need to repent (meaning to admit how we’ve hurt God, others, or ourselves, and choose to not do those things again) and believe that Jesus is who can truly fulfill us. There’s a lot of things in this world that we can get caught up in thinking they’ll save us from that feeling of emptiness. For me, it was dating and popularity. But for some people, it’s porn, or drinking, or smoking and drugs. No matter what it is, they can’t fulfill you like Jesus can.
And that’s why Jesus calls you to follow him. He wants you to be fulfilled in Him and share that faith, hope, and love with others. When He Simon-Peter and Andrew, He offered them more than what the world could offer them as fishermen; He offered to make them fishers of men. What is Jesus calling you to? Are there areas of your life you need to weed out to better follow Jesus? Are you using your passions like sports or music to help bring other people to God? Are you choosing to bring Jesus into your daily life or is He just an afterthought? Everyone is called to follow Jesus, but few actually answer.
If you want to follow Jesus and be His disciple, then you should answer this question every day when you wake up: How is He calling you today and what are you going to do to answer His call? Follow Jesus, and become fishers of men.
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.
Do I forget that God is a merciful father?
How do I proclaim His justice?
How am I a fisher of men?
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.
Lord, transform my heart.
Help me to be your arms and feet.
I want to follow you.
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
Write this quote somewhere that you can see it and be reminded of our call to be disciples.
"Joy is prayer, joy is strength, joy is love, joy is a net of love by which you catch souls."
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
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Today's reflection was prepared by Brendan Slovacek.