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).
In Chicago this past week, we experienced our first significant snowfall of the year, something like six inches in various parts. Many people cringe at the word snow, but not me. I actually love snow and one of my favorite sports is downhill skiing, which of course takes place up on a mountain.
In our Gospel today, we are told that Jesus and his disciples were coming down from the mountain, but it’s not clear whether they were skiing. Regardless, this Scripture passage has a great lesson for us as we hit the midway point of Advent. Mountains have always been seen in the biblical sense as a place where one gets closer to God; we get a better perspective on the infinite, the eternal, and what God is calling us to in our lives.
Let’s remember that while Jesus walked on this earth, he went up the mountain many times to dialogue with the Father; all the covenants in the Old Testament (from Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, & David) were made up on mountains; the disciples in today’s Gospel were coming down from Mount Tabor where Jesus transfigured in glory before their eyes; and of course, Jesus was crucified up on Mount Calvary. These are just a few of the more well know mountain top events in scripture.
Have we gone up the mountain this Advent? Seriously. Recall that Jesus came down to our level in order to lift us up and lead us up to His level. Make today a new opportunity to commit to some type of mountain experience. Go up to the Church and have some reflection time; go up to our room and pray; go up the mountain to ski, but pray and dialogue with God while you’re there. Let’s all simply resolve to go up somewhere and spend some time alone with God. He can give us a great view from the top of mountains, we just have to take the trek up.
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.
What have been some of those mountaintop moments in your relationship with God?
Where can you go or what can you do to get a better perspective?
Have you gone up the mountain this Advent?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
"I will climb this mountain."
"There's nothing I hold onto."
"To the heights."
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 Lord bear fruit in you today?
Find that time and place where you can go to the mountaintop, whether literally or figuratively, and encounter the Lord.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. John McNamara, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.