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).
A few days ago I was chatting with a friend about her 6 year old son who wants to become a priest when he grows up. My friend was telling me how one day she was not too happy with the kids and so started scolding them and the six year old – future "father" – told her: "mom, you should go to confession so you'll feel better". My friend started laughing and it actually made her feel so good hearing that from her son.
Even at a very young age, we have a feeling of unworthiness when something wrong happens. Little children run towards a loving parent when they have done wrong to confess or, like our first parents, they hide because of fear.
The Roman official approached Jesus in our gospel today and asked him for his help. To His surprise, the Lord responded immediately to tell him that he will do his wish right away. Feeling unworthy of Jesus' response of love, he said; “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.”
We still say these words to this day every time we go to Mass before Holy Communion. We express our unworthiness but Jesus responds again with love, simply by coming into our body because He desire Holy Communion with us.
As disciples of Jesus, every activity and action of our lives should be in the service of our friendship, our communion with Jesus. Jesus desires such friendship done in humility. He does so by first humbling Himself to be a tasteless, helpless bread in the Host. Our words: “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed", are a mere gesture to respond to His humility with our humility.
Today, may we meet our humble Lord with a holy desire to deeper friendship with Him. This holy desire is what will make us worthy and is the beginning of healing.
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.
When you hear the centurion say those words to Jesus today, what sticks out to you? What do you hear in his voice, and what do you see in Jesus eyes as he hears the man speak?
In what ways are you being called to come before the Lord in humility today?
In this time where many of us are slowly starting to go back to Mass, what is your heart feeling when you think about the presence of the Eucharist? How can you cultivate in yourself a true love for the gift of Jesus' body, blood, soul, and divinity given to us?
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.
"Lord, I am not worthy."
"You can heal me."
"Come under my roof."
Editor's Note: We are now returning to a different action step each day. Thank you all for praying with us the Prayer to Overcome Racism and the Prayer during coronavirus – please continue to pray these with us. In order to fully enter into the experience of Lectio Divina, we will once again have a daily action step geared towards the readings and reflection of that day.
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?
If your church is open, spend time in prayer in front of the tabernacle or in Eucharistic adoration, repeating the words of the centurion from today's Gospel. If it is not, pull up a live stream or just give yourself some quiet space and reflect with the Lord using these powerful words of humility.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Ervin Caliente, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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