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).
I recently had a conversation with my dad about heaven. He buys into what most of society believes ... that if you are a good person, you will get into heaven because God is so merciful. And he then finished it off with the cherry-on-top phrase, “Uh, I haven’t killed anyone!”
Jesus, however, doesn’t mince words in the Gospel today - He says:
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."
It is not easy to live a holy life, the Lord is well aware of this fact. That is why He gave us His Church and the Sacraments so we can find salvation in the Church through Reconciliation and grow in our spiritual lives with the Eucharist. You need God’s grace to live a virtuous and holy life. And to see, hear and feel God in your life daily, you must have a deep relationship with Him through prayer. He commands us to be holy and strive to be saints - we must respond to God's love and mercy.
But … you think you could never be a saint … you could never be holy … you could never perform miracles. And you know what - you’re right! You cannot do any of these things alone. But if you are hand in hand with God praying all day, every day, then you can be a holy saint who performs miracles! Anything is possible with God - most importantly - your salvation!
God knows how seductive the world is and how sin and temptation are lurking around the corner each and every day. Every single day, all day, we need to re-commit ourselves to God in prayer. We need to fight this battle of virtue or vice. We choose to live our lives in prayer with God … or … we don’t.
What is your choice?
Let’s be the few who choose the narrow gate and let’s also make it an easier road with God leading the way. Remember, we are all called to be saints and we can become one if - and only if - we choose to live each day with God in prayer.
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.
Are you striving to enter the narrow gate, for holiness, or are you okay with just being a "good person"? Why?
Why do you think society's view of a "good person" isn't enough? How is true holiness different?
What is one practical way you can be more holy 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.
"Come Holy Spirit."
"Jesus, I trust in You."
"Make me holy 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?
Set aside 5 extra minutes of prayer everyday this week for pure silence. Try your best to clear your mind and just be present to God. Let the Holy Spirit stir in your heart and guide you toward the narrow gate.
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Today’s Prayer was prepared by Kendra Von Esh, a Speaker and Author, inspiring others to lead with compassion and enrich their lives through faith and prayer.
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