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).
The disciples were on the walk, already proceeding on their journey, which to some degree is already worth celebration. They were with Jesus on the road. I imagine they were like kids, just bouncing down the road excited to be a part of the journey. I think of Donkey from Shrek, “I’m a noble steed!” I may be clumsy, but I’m a part of the mission.
“I will follow you wherever you go.” In the practical order, that makes sense; whatever town we’re walking to, I’m super in. Our Lord mentions how saying you will follow Him, isn’t the way of comfort. No matter what town they could walk to, it wouldn’t be home for Jesus. To choose His way means that earth can’t really be a place of total comfort for us either.
The disciples double down on their zeal, I will follow...but. The word that can stop any hope in its tracks. If there are conditions on our following, then we aren’t really following at all. Christ did not hold anything back on the cross. He freely entered into His death, even though He could’ve escaped from the clutches of those who were calling for His death--or at the very minimum lightened the pain. Yet, He freely chose to say yes to the will of the Father without a condition uttered.
What are your conditions? What are the parts of your life that you want to take care of on your own? Jesus isn’t saying our families aren’t important in the gospel; He’s saying that if we follow Him everything will be taken care of--maybe not in the way we planned, but it will be taken care of. There is a sort of fear that can rise up when we give over control to the parts of our lives that are the most important, but even death on a cross found meaning within the will of the Father. We may experience a sting of loss when we cry out with a total yes to Jesus, but that total yes allows us to follow Him all the way to the eternal bliss in which our hearts long. It is worth it.
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 have conditions on my following Jesus?
What am I holding back?
What am I trying to take care of on my own?
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.
"I will follow."
"I will hold nothing back."
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?
Think of three things that you are trying to control and take care of on your own right now. Surrender these three things to Jesus, and ask Him to take care of these things as you continue to follow Him.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Robert Blood, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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