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).
What does it take to be a Christian? I mean, if we made a list of requirements...what would being Catholic require?
To be Christian you've gotta believe in Jesus, that He saves us, that He died and rose on the third day, that there's a Trinity, etc.
But, what if you don't believe that for a short time? What if you go through some struggles and doubt, question, wonder, wander? Well, that doesn't take you out of the running for being a Christian. As a matter of fact, our faith gets stronger when we struggle to be faithful.
Okay, let's narrow it down then; what does it take to be Catholic? The Eucharist, right? A Catholic has gotta believe in the Eucharist! Well, what if we struggle and wrestle with the question of Jesus' presence in the Host? Answer: see above.
But seriously folks, it's gotta be the Pope then, right? The Catholic is the Christian who believes that the Pope, the Holy Father, is the Successor to Saint Peter and he got his job directly from Jesus! But, what if you question that? What if you wonder how all authority in heaven and on earth could be given to just one man?
Answer: See above.
Okay, so it's not necessarily unwavering belief. So, the Catholic must be the one who walks the walk and talks the talk. The Catholic must be the one who lives the moral life as Jesus commands. But - we all make mistakes and fall short.
So, it's not the Resurrection, Incarnation, Eucharist, Pope, Moral Life that makes the Catholic Christian. At the heart of it all...the Christian is the person - the man or woman - who says:
You got it, folks, there is only one requirement Jesus places on our shoulders. That's the theme of both our First Reading today and our Gospel today.
Sometimes we think right, believe right, do right, live right. Sometimes we don't.
But Scripture and Lent both teach us a big lesson: all you gotta do to be a faithful follower of Jesus is be ready to say I'm sorry.
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 of the things that you have falsely let yourself believe make you a Christian?
How can you work this Lent to focus on saying "I'm Sorry" and letting Jesus love you?
What are some ways you need to turn back to the Lord today?
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.
"I turn back to You."
"Teach me to follow 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?
Take some time to sit with the Lord, admit your wrongdoings, and let Him forgive you. Don't focus too much on what you've done wrong, because He doesn't want you to. He just wants you to turn your heart to Him!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. Jon Bakkelund, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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