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).
Have you ever made a “radical” decision? You might characterize radical as something really intense, questionable to others, life-altering, or even crazy. We’ve all experienced things in our lives that tempt us to make radical decisions and we’ve probably even made a few of them. But when we make a radical decision, it isn’t simply random chance that leads us to action, but it is a deep-rooted desire or belief that drives us.
The root of the word radical comes from the Latin “radix”, which means “root”. So when we make a radical decision, we are making a decision based on something that has deeply rooted itself in our lives. Maybe we make a radical decision to walk away from a friendship or relationship that is damaging us, or a decision to start eating healthy and exercising. Whatever that decision is, it comes from something deep within us, something that is rooted in the core of our being.
Today’s first reading from the letter to the Colossians gives us some beautiful words from St. Paul where he calls us to be rooted in Christ. The Christian life calls us to make many changes in how we live, how we interact with others, and how we order our lives. But to understand why we are being called to change so much, and so deeply, we have to allow Christ to take root in our hearts. Making radical decisions about what we watch on TV, what we listen to, how we treat others, and how we organize and prioritize our time, is not an easy thing. This world tempts us to take the easy way out, to hide behind what “everyone else is doing”, and to choose to seek pleasure over our good. And to choose anything other than this can be seen as “radical” or idiotic by those who are living according to the world’s pleasures. It is a huge call to turn to the Lord, to live as a member of the Church, and to prioritize our relationship with God over all other things, but it is the call that Jesus echoes in our lives every day, nonetheless.
To be strengthened in our pursuit of God and to grow in readiness and courage to make radical decisions that will lead us closer to holiness requires us to let Christ be rooted deeply in our hearts. We allow those roots to grow when we turn to him in daily prayer, when we read Scripture, when we frequent the sacraments, and when we live in Christian community. Allow yourself to be rooted in Christ so you can answer the radical call of holiness.
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 am I living my spiritual life so as to let Christ take root in my heart?
In what ways is God calling me to turn to him and away from the world?
In what ways do I need to be strengthened to answer Christ's call to holiness in my life?
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.
"Take root in my heart."
"Come, Holy Spirit."
"Help me choose you, Lord."
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?
Pick one way you are feeling drawn toward the world: pleasure, friends, temptations to sin, and ask God for the strength today to make a radical decision to turn away from it and toward God.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Adam Smyth, the Life Teen Coordinator at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in the Woodlands, TX.
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