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).
Jesus is coming! We’re beginning to celebrate the first coming of Christ through the Incarnation in the Liturgical Calendar with Advent. Get PUMPED for that! Our Savior was truly born; God really became man! But we also need to constantly be preparing for the Second Coming of Christ.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells us to “be vigilant at all times.” Why? So that we can “stand before the Son of Man.” Imagine standing before Jesus where you are right now. What would you say to Him? What would He say to you? Are you ready to be face-to-face with Jesus Christ, the Messiah who died for your sins on the Cross? The Word made flesh who loves you so much that He would do anything for you? I don’t think I am.
I have not been vigilant at all times; I let my heart become drowsy, especially when life is going smoothly, and I don’t have much to stress over. Or when I do let myself become overwhelmed by “the anxieties of daily life,” my prayer life becomes very selfish and self-centered. I think many of us fall into the trap of being consumed or overly focused on the worldly things in life, letting our worries or pleasures get in the way of our focus on Christ and His love for us.
Jesus Christ is here with us on earth, right now. We find Him in the sacraments, and we seek His love and truth in prayer. We can listen to Him as we read the Scriptures and really let Him enter into our hearts. With all of this beauty around us, we must be attentive to Christ. He wants more for us than the robotic actions of going to Mass and saying the same prayers every day, He wants our full love and vigilance.
He wants to help us “escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before [Him].” Christ wants this peace for us, not the stress of life here on earth. He gives us the hope of being before the Father in Heaven, through the power of the Holy Spirit and spending eternity in joy, love, peace, happiness-your greatest fulfillment is found there in the presence of God. This is why Christ gives us this Gospel, get ready for the day you come face-to-face with Christ. It could come at any time so be prepared. Get pumped for Heaven, but you need to be vigilant in your prayer life to make that a possibility. Open yourself to Christ today; seek Him with your whole heart.
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.
Imagine standing before Jesus where you are right now. What would you say to Him? What would He say to you?
Are you ready to be face-to-face with Jesus Christ, the Messiah who died for your sins on the Cross?
How can you be more open to Christ today?
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.
"Do not become drowsy."
"Stay vigilant at all times."
"Seek Him with your whole heart."
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?
Be attentive to the various ways in which you encounter Christ in the world today.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Mary Griffin, a Senior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University of Steubenville.