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 Gospel today is the parable of the widow who hounded the dishonest judge to make a right decision for her. It reminds us all to be persistent in prayer and to have faith in God to be just and swift to answer those who are his chosen ones.
The one sentence that jumped out at me was the last one:
“But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
That is a powerful statement back then and prophetic when you look at the state of the world today and even the Catholic Church. When Jesus comes again for judgement, will you be there waiting, praying and full of faith? It seems so many are arguing about the Pope, the clergy and all things that are wrong with the Church. I am not saying there are not problems, but I choose to focus on Jesus.
It is easily to get sucked into the anger, the pain, and the gossip. To be honest, I did get sucked in for a little while. I found I was getting more angry at the clergy and just wanted the evil doers to be out of the church, now! I did not want good things for them. I wanted them to suffer consequences for their actions and to pay for what they did - which is justice - but it came from a place of darkness in me. And do I really know all the facts to make any judgement at all? Could I look at God and say I wasn’t judging others? Perhaps I was wrong in my judgement?
I went to confession for that because I know that is not what Jesus would want from me. I wasn’t loving thy neighbor like Jesus commands me to and I was not praying for sinners as Mary asks me to - especially her loving sons in the Church. Let’s face it, Satan has convinced or tricked so many people down the broad road to destruction. Our jobs, as Christians, is to pray for all sinners to be saved, to love thy enemies!
I pray that we all pray for sinners. We cannot be taken down into anger or let our faith waver because of the sins of others. We must be persistent like the widow in today's Gospel, and pray, pray, pray. The only one who can help us now is God. He is the only one who save us, but our intercession does matter. Mary begs us to pray the rosary and pray for sinners and she shows her sadness for the state of the world in so many apparitions. Her message is clear. Prayer is the only weapon we have against evil and just like Jesus says, “when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”
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.
Who are the people in your life that you are holding grudges against, or even hate? How can you pray for them today?
How can you remember to intercede more and hate less on a daily basis?
Will you have faith in the end? How can you build your faith now so that it last through all the hardships?
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.
"Jesus I truth in You."
"Mother Mary, pray for us."
"Holy Spirit, teach us to love."
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?
Pray for the people that are hardest for you to pray for today. Replace those grudges and all that hate with prayers. And if you can't think of how to pray, offer a Rosary (or even a decade of the Rosary) for them.
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Today’s Prayer was prepared by Kendra Von Esh, an International Catholic Speaker, TV News Anchor, Radio Host and Author with a passion to help others deepen their relationship with God and the Faith.
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