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).
"We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do."
"Congratulations, you've done the bare minimum and now you want a gold sticker." That's a little what it feels like the Gospel is saying today.
At the end of my life I want to go to Heaven. Why? Well, the other option seems not so great, extraordinarily hot, and lonely since God's love is never there. So I continue to ask myself "what do I need to do to get to Heaven?"
There are the basics: Mass on Sundays & Holy Days of Obligation, Fast 2 days of the year (Ash Wednesday & Good Friday), and Go to Confession once a year. This list is from the precepts of the Church.
There are also the ten commandments: no swearing, no killing, no cheating, no lying, no coveting.
But have I just 'met my obligation' if I interpret them so simply? Am I approaching the Lord and saying, "what's the least I can do to be saved?" or, "what's the least I can do and it still counts as loving you?"
I think this attitude will probably be what keeps me from Heaven. Love doesn't ask "what's the least I could do." Jesus doesn't say "what's the least I could do to show Katie that I love her today? Let's see, she's awake and breathing, that's about enough." He doesn't say that because He Is Love and Love gives everything.
He GAVE and continues to GIVE everything to us because He LOVES us.
Am I giving everything out of love for Him? Am I asking "how can I serve you today with my whole heart?" Am I seeking to know, love, and serve Him with my whole being to give glory to Him? Or am I just doing what I'm obliged to do? Are 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.
How am I seeking just the minimum in my relationship with God?
In what ways do I experience the fullness of God giving everything for me?
How can I serve you today with my whole heart?
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.
"Thank you for giving me everything."
"I want to give you more."
"You are all I need."
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 don't just do the minimum. Find a way to push a little bit more in prayer today- maybe an extra 5 or 10 minutes, doing a selfless act for someone who needs to be loved, or something above the minimum.
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