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).
When I read today's Gospel it feels like the disciples were getting a little nervous about Heaven. Asking questions like these.
What's it going to be like? Will there be room for me? Am I good enough to get in? Are there only a few places? Will I even like it there?
Have you ever asked them? One time someone told us in youth group that Heaven was like the Mass, all the time. And to be honest, I thought, "Really? It wasn't very interesting today. Is that what Heave will be like?"
What's the problem there? Mostly my own experience of the Mass.
But back to today's Gospel. Jesus lays it all out for the disciples. You're worried about things that I've already assured you of, why? Basically, "I would not have said I would prepare a place for you if there wasn't any room for you."
They were scared that Jesus was going to leave them, and they weren't going to be able to go where He was going. That is true, for a time. He was going to Heaven, and they weren't going to be there right away. They couldn't just 'pop over' when they had a quick question or needed some clarification. He was leaving them, to prepare a place for them, just like He said.
He opens this passage with "Don't let your hearts be troubled." Followed by telling the disciples that He'd make good on his promises. Everything He's told them so far is true, and He will do it.
He says the same thing to us. Whether it's a concern about eternal life or if He'll be with you when you are in trouble. He keeps his promises. He won't let us down. Even if His answer isn't what we want, He's still there. His promise is to never leave us. His promise is shedding His blood for our salvation. His promise is eternal happiness with Him in heaven. These are promises He's keeping!
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.
Do you ever question whether the Lord is keeping His promises to you?
Are you concerned that Heaven will be boring?
Do you refrain from 'doing holy things' because they just 'aren't all that fun'?
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.
"You keep your promises."
"You love me."
"You will never leave me."
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?
This song reminds me of the great love the Father has for us. Take some time today to really think about the chorus and remind yourself that "he keeps his promises."
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie Herzing, a former youth minister turned parish evanglization consultant living in North Carolina.
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