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).
One afternoon, my six-year-old daughter told me that she did not want to be rich when she grew up. Interesting, I thought to myself. Curious as to her reasoning, I asked her why not? She replied, “Because rich people don’t love Jesus.” Mic drop. Wait, what? Where did you get that from? She commented that the rich people in the Bible were always selfish and did not choose Jesus. I found it so interesting that her mind went there and made that connection. I explained to her that being rich or having money is not the problem. The money itself is not the problem. It is what we do with our money and do with our hearts and actions that matters. I assured her that rich people can, in fact, love Jesus!
The rich man in our Gospel story today had a choice. He had the choice to help Lazarus at his gate or to look away. He chose to look away, and that is the problem. He had the means to help the poor at his gate, but he closed his eyes to their needs. St. Ignatius would ask himself, “Who will I help today?” I love this question. I think it helps combat our own selfishness. I know if I spend too much time focusing on money or material goods, that’s all I think about. But when we start our days specifically looking for someone to help, it can reframe our focus and keep us mindful. God is calling us to have a heart like His, and Jesus had a huge heart for the poor. He saw them. He went to them. He called them by name. He knew their need and went to help. Let us ask the Lord to open our eyes to the people sitting at the gates of our lives. Are we missing them because we are too focused on ourselves? In my own life, I know that I struggle to look up from my phone at times. I focus on that email, text, or let’s be honest, random link on facebook. And before I know it, I have probably missed 5 people “at my gate.” A person at the grocery store who needed a smile. Someone in my class who needed someone to ask them how their day is going. A quick note to a friend. A child in need of someone to watch them do a cartwheel for the 100th time. Lord, help me to look up. Help me to be mindful and alert. Save me from indifference and give me a heart like yours. A heart that is rich in kindness, love and joy. A rich heart that loves Jesus.
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 do I need to reframe my mindset today?
Who is waiting "at my gate" that I can extend my help and love to?
How can I use my gifts and riches for love of God and neighbor?
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.
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?
Reach out to someone that maybe you have been hesitant to reach out to or have been being to reach out to but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Megan Kramer, a parishioner at St. Mary's Parish in Huntley, IL.
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