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 Apostles and many of the people in Jesus' time didn't understand that Jesus was and is God. For good reason, really. I mean, this boy that they had seen grow up as the son of a carpenter was now, all of the sudden, also the Messiah, the Christ they were waiting for? I can imagine them saying, "Come on, tell me another story."
But it is the truth. We know that it's the truth. The Son is from the Father and they are One. This is a truth I've know my whole life, so it doesn't seem foreign or odd to me, probably to you as well. We understand the Trinity as Three Persons, One Nature. Distinct, and yet, also One God.
The people in Jesus' time didn't have that knowledge. They didn't have tons of spiritual reading or the Saints or even the New Testament. They were experiencing the New Testament before it was even written.
Even though I know the Trinity as ONE, I treat the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as three different things, if you will. I tend to go to Jesus most often, kind of forgetting about the opportunity I have to go to the Father. Today's reading encourages me though. Jesus says "If you've seen me, you've seen the Father." They are one, we aren't skipping out on one by favoring the other.
So bring your concerns to the Lord or the Father, ask them both to help you in your time of need. They are one, and they want to be one with us!
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.
Where has my knowledge and experience of Jesus come from?
Which member of the Trinity do I relate to most in prayer?
How have I seen the unity of the members of the Holy Trinity?
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.
"Father, you are good."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Come, Holy Spirit."
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?
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie Herzing, a former youth minister turned parish evangelization consultant living in North Carolina.
If you have anything you'd like our team to pray for, please go to the page of our website called "Prayers" and let us know how we can pray for you today.