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).
On this great solemnity of Pentecost, we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit onto the Church as the Body of Christ. The love of the Father and the Son is shared with us and unlocks for us a power that man hadn’t previously experienced - the gift of great speech, of fortitude, of wisdom, and plenty more. In these days of quarantine and the slow re-opening of society, I want to look most closely at the peace that Jesus promises with the Holy Spirit.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found peace very hard to come by in the last few months despite many of the things that kept me busy being cancelled. At the beginning of May, I hit that proverbial lockdown wall and began questioning every aspect of my life. I found myself robbed of the peace that the Holy Spirit had been drawing me into. Thankfully, this same Spirit made me aware of what had stolen this peace and showed me that it definitely wasn’t of God.
In my increased time spent online, I had let myself get sucked very deep into the world of comparison. Comparison with others is the thief of joy. I was seeing all these things people were doing to deal with quarantine and in seeing their apparent happiness, I felt that I was missing out on something. Would I be better off in another situation or vocation? I had been pulled down by the world, the flesh, and the devil and was obscuring the Spirit wishing to manifest itself in my life. Restoring that peace was partly cutting out a media that seems to be rooting for the virus, and partly refocusing on being with the people I am physically living with. But mostly, it was returning to a relationship with God and recalling all the times before He had bestowed His peace upon me.
The peace that Christ offers in today’s Gospel is not just the absence of conflict or war. Instead, the Gospel uses the Greek word eirene, which is the equivalent of the Hebrew word shalom. It signifies completeness, well-being, order, and harmony. Above all, shalom is the blessing that comes from living faithfully to one’s relationship with God. And that’s what the Holy Spirit was sent for, to be the source of graces, gifts, sanctification, and the new life that confirms that we are God’s adoptive children.
In speaking His peace to the Apostles, He openly showed Himself and strengthened their wavering minds by His voice. It’s this peace that Jesus wishes to give you today as He continues to pour out His Holy Spirit on the world.
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.
What are some things that are getting in your way of living in the peace of Christ?
How can you be more in touch with the Holy Spirit today?
How can looking at peace in this new way change you? How can it change what you seek?
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."
"Thank You Jesus."
"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?
Before we get to our daily prayer during this pandemic, it is only appropriate that we pray for peace and the respect of the dignity of every human life. Let us take that peace that Christ has shared with us and bring that into our communities and into our world.
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 during coronavirus:
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 Kevin Gregus, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
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