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 Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” This quote from Christ at the very end of today’s Gospel is just another example of how Christ calls us to live and love during this Lent.
I think when we put who Christ is into perspective it really helps us gain a deeper understanding of what He is saying. Let us remember that Christ is a King, but not just any king, rather he is the King of Kings. He is the almighty, capital G, God of the universe, who humbled Himself to the point that He was born to a working class family that couldn’t offer Him much as far as worldly comforts go, let alone a palace and everything else a King should have. So, this King, the one person who is actually worthy of being praised unceasingly, chose to be just another regular person, a son of a carpenter. He could have come down in all His glory and demanded to be praised. He could have used all His power and might to make every kingdom in existence crumble and become His, yet He did none of these things because that is not why He came, and that is not who He is. He came to heal the sick, fix the broken, love the forgotten, and to be of service to everyone. This is the example Christ sets for us, and this is the example we should be looking to and striving to be more like this Lent. As you well know Lent is not just simply about your Lenten promise. While Lent is a time for self-improvement and growth in virtue, it cannot just be about us. How are you helping others this Lent? How are you giving back? How are you serving those closest to you? Maybe it is time to take a step back, look at the remainder of Lent and begin to focus on how you can not only grow through exercising temperance in your personal sacrifice, but through loving, caring, and serving others as Christ did.
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 have you served others this Lent? How can you serve others better this Lent?
Are your Lenten sacrifices helping you be a better Christian? Are they helping you love and serve like Christ? If not, how can you change that?
How can you strive to be more humble like Christ?
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."
"You are the King of Kings."
"Thank you Jesus."
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?
Make humility your goal today. Fast from the need to be exalted today and do it all for the glory of Christ our King.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jason Liuzzi, a middle school religion teacher at St. John the Evangelist School in St John, IN.
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