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).
There is never a "good time" to sin, but to sin during the Easter Octave may feel like the worst time. We may think about how hard we worked on virtue during lent. We may meditate on the suffering and passion of Jesus during holy week. We may finally rejoice in his resurrection on Easter. But then, after all that, when we should be celebrating our freedom in Christ in a special way during the octave, we go ahead and sin again. Soon, feelings of hypocrisy wash over us. We should be a new creation but we seem to be stuck in old ways. Then follows voices that tell us how we don't deserve to celebrate the joy of Easter.
It can be easy for many of us to quickly go from joy, to sin, to despair. But during this Easter season we should fight those feelings with the Truth of the Resurrection. Peter tells the crowds how even though they condemned Christ to death, He rose from the dead and offers them salvation. No sin, not even our worst, can defeat Jesus Christ. The Resurrection is not darkened by our sin, in fact, the Resurrection is the light that frees us from sin.
The enemy may try to steal the joy of Easter from you. Remember the Truth that your God loves and forgives you. Remember that no sin you commit can darken the resurrection. Remember Easter, and be free.
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.
Where did you find joy yesterday? How will you keep that joy today?
How do you keep the joy of the resurrection every day?
What are your habitual sins? How can you invite Jesus into them?
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.
"We are an Easter people."
"He has risen."
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?
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer during coronavirus:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today’s Prayer was prepared by Fr. Anthony Sciarappa who was ordained in 2016 and is a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
If you have anything you'd like our team to pray for, please go to the page of our website called "Prayers" and let us know how we can pray for you today.