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).
Near or Far?
In today’s Gospel Jesus and one of the scribes have a conversation about the Great Commandment, namely, loving the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul...and loving your neighbor as well. When Jesus witnesses that the scribe understands the Great Commandment He says, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
One main point to reflect on here...Do you find yourself near to or far from the Kingdom of God?
To expand on this question...Do you find yourself in love with God? Do you love prayer and time with Him? Do you love the Mass and attend weekly? Do you see the beauty and the guidance of His commandments? How about the people He has put into your life... do you love them, respect them, and help them on their journey to the Kingdom? Or on the other hand, do you find your heart, mind, and soul getting cold, indifferent, irritated, distracted or moving away from the Lord and the other people in your life?
“You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
How do these words speak to you about your own relationship with the Lord and others in your life? To keep close to the Kingdom of God can be summed up by the one Great Commandment...loving God and loving neighbor! Do you find yourself near or far? If near – great! Stay close! If far – make adjustments, turn around and get closer!
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 do you love God? What do you do every day to grow in your love?
How do you love your neighbor? What can you do to love your neighbor better?
Are you near or far from the Lord?
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.
"Draw near to the kingdom."
"Jesus, I trust in 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?
Stay close to the Lord. What is one thing that can draw you closer? Spiritual reading? Adoration? Confession? Pick one and commit to it today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. John McNamara, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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