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).
Happy Feast of St. Lucy! If you are like me, all you probably know about this young Christian Martyr is that Kirsten the American Girl Doll celebrated the feast day by wearing a white dress, a crown with candles in her hair and she brought her parents breakfast that morning. Kirsten’s story of celebrating this saint has stayed with me, long past the age of playing with my American Girl dolls. But to be honest, until I had to write today’s reflection I didn’t know much about today’s saint.
St. Lucy (or St. Lucia) lived in a bout 300 AD, a time when Christianity was still illegal and punishable by death. Her father, a Christian was martyred for his faith. After his death, St. Lucy’s mother tried to force her into marriage with a pagan and Lucy refused. Her mother, a pagan, converted to our faith after she experienced a miraculous healing. After the healing, St. Lucy convinced her mother to give up their wealth to help the poor and other Christians fighting persecution. Eventually St. Lucy was killed by the Roman Empire for her faith and her devotion to our Lord. She gave her life trying to bring the light of Christ to others.
At first glance, it would be easy to pass over St. Lucy. To kind of push her aside because she seems like a rich girl determined to get her way. She convinced her mother that she was not to marry the young man and she convinced her mother to serve the poor. These things were a pretty big deal for a girl that might be overlooked by many.
That is what Jesus is trying to teach us in today’s Gospel reading. You can’t judge someone for their youth, their past, their wealth. Jesus tells us that we can’t put ourselves above someone else just because we think that they are beneath us. The priests that Jesus is talking to, did not change their life when they heard the message of John the Baptist. They did not change their life when they heard the words of Jesus. Instead, it was the sinners, the tax collectors, the prostitutes, those who were on the fringes of society who did. They changed their life because they believed in Jesus. And for many of them it was a totally and completely radical changed.
But for many of us, we are the priests and the scribes that Jesus is talking to. We hear His words, but we don’t live by them. We make excuses to do what we want instead of what He wants. We hold back, not ready to give Him everything. We put our homework, our friends, our team all before Jesus. It is much harder to give over everything to Jesus when you are content and comfortable like a pharisee instead of a prostitute.
Who are you trying to be? Are you the sinner who will radically change their life? Or are you the priest who is complacent; not really willing to make a change or let Jesus go deeper?
Either way, we are all called to be like St. Lucy and sacrifice to bring the light of Christ to others.
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.
Who are you in the Gospel reading? Are you the sinner? Or are you the complacent priest? Are you ready to let Jesus change your life, or are you holding back?
Who are the people around you that you are discounting? Because they are young? Because they are rich? Because they are sinners? Reflect on how they are children of God too.
What are you doing to bring the light of Christ to others?
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 am the Light of Christ."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"St. Lucy, pray for me."
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 Lord bear fruit in you today?
Pray this prayer to St. Lucy today. Then try to live it out.
Saint Lucy, you did not hide your light under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world, for all the centuries to see. We may not suffer torture in our lives the way you did, but we are still called to let the light of our Christianity illumine our daily lives. Please help us to have the courage to bring our Christianity into our work, our recreation, our relationships, our conversation -- every corner of our day. Amen.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lisa Kendzior, Junior High Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.