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).
We all hope and pray for many things, and I think one of the biggest prayer requests of people is to have more peace. In general, humanity wants nothing more than to experience greater peace in so many different areas: the world, our families, at school, in sporting events, on social media, and of course in our spiritual lives. We all desire peace! The reality is that a lasting peace is only found in God.
As Jesus speaks to His Apostles in today’s Gospel, he makes apparent that His presence in the world and the message He brings to the world, has some people embracing it and others rejecting it. So what do we do?
Let’s not get vicious and fight with people - this won’t solve anything. A great invitation in this Gospel passage is that in the midst of various divisions, we all need to seek more conversation and dialogue with family, friends, strangers, politicians, and leaders in whom we hold disagreements. We are often set apart by beliefs, but as disciples of Jesus let’s not take the easy way out by saying, “Let’s agree to disagree.” No, let’s embrace the opportunity for dialogue.
Who is someone that you have disagreement with? Pray for them, but also pray that your heart may be opened to listen to them and talk about bringing more peace and reconciliation to the relationship.
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 is an area of your life that you need to ask God for peace?
Who in your life do you need to have peace with? How can you go about reconciliation?
Who is someone in your life you need to pray for?
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.
"Lord, give me peace."
"Make me a channel of your peace."
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?
Who is someone in your life you disagree with? Pray for them today. Who is someone you see online but not in real-life you disagree with, pray for them today. Who is someone you don't know at all that you disagree with, pray for them today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. John McNamara, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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