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).
It’s been a hard couple of days and weeks for the faithful. I don’t know about you, but I am sad, heartbroken, scared, angry, frustrated and many other emotions that I can’t put into words. And really there are no words for me that help me to understand better or encompass everything I am feeling. But I know I don’t want to go into despair. I know I want to keep my eyes on the hope of Jesus Christ and do whatever I need to do to be following Him.
So our first reading today gives me great hope. Paul is encouraging the people. He writes, “We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters, as is fitting, because your faith flourishes ever more, and the love of every one of you for one another grows ever greater.”
The purpose of Paul’s writing this second letter to the Thessalonians is to remind them of Jesus’s appearance. The people are young in faith. They are tired, they are confused. Paul is writing to encourage them, to remind them of Christ’s promises. While today we only have Paul’s short introduction, this portion ends with a beautiful call,
“We always pray for you,
that our God may make you worthy of his calling
and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose
and every effort of faith,
that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,
and you in him,
in accord with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
We are the Church that Paul is writing to. We are in need of encouragement. We need to remember our purpose to shine the light of Christ in all of the dark places. You are prayed for. You are loved. Now live the mission to share the gospel.
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 is your faith struggling? How can you invite Jesus into that place?
Where do you need encouragement? Ask Jesus to give you some today.
Jesus has already saved the world. Do you believe this? How can you ask Jesus to increase your faith?
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.
"Jesus I trust in you."
"St. Paul, pray for us."
"Jesus I want to glorify 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?
Pray today and then act. Act for Jesus. What do you need to do today to glorify Him? Maybe you need to talk to your priest. Maybe you need to write a letter. Maybe you need to talk to a friend. Choose one way today you can act in hope and share Jesus's mission.
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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.
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