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).
Today's Gospel is a well-known passage usually known as "The Road to Emmaus." It takes place soon after Jesus' Resurrection, which is exactly where we find ourselves today in the "Octave" of Easter! So let's put ourselves in this story...
We've heard rumors about Him rising from the dead, but that's crazy. As we're walking along, a "stranger" approaches us. Somehow we don't recognize Him, perhaps because the idea of Jesus really being alive is just too nuts to be true. We have an awesome conversation with Him, and He teaches us things about the Scriptures that we never knew before. His words affected us so deeply that "our hearts were burning within us." We started our walk in sorrow and despair, and now this "stranger" has brought us to a place of exciting hope! We approach the city and we are ready to enter. But Jesus never forces Himself on us, so He says He's going to keep walking.
And here's the part I'd like us to focus on today: "But they urged him, 'Stay with us.'"
As we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us not take His presence in our lives for granted! How often do we get lazy in our faith? How often do we squander the time and opportunities we have to be with Him? He waits for us to invite Him in, but we just let Him keep walking... He's alive! He's alive! "Stay with me, Lord!" should be our constant prayer this Easter! Don't let Him keep on walking by! With all your might, call out to our risen Lord and invite Him to take up His dwelling in your heart!
Without fail, He will accept your offer every time. He rose from the dead and He is alive this very moment. And this very moment He desires to be with you, to dwell in you. As He spends more time within your heart, your life will be changed forever. That's the power of the Resurrection.
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.
How has your life changed since the Resurrection? Have you let yourself walk with the Lord or has your heart been closed off?
Do you have the courage to invite the Lord to stay with you? Why or why not? How might your life change if you do invite Him in to stay?
What is the road your are walking on now? The disciples thought Emmaus was the destination, but the Lord met them on the way to show them where they should be really heading. Are you on a path that the Lord might be trying to change?
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.
"Stay with me, Lord."
"Lead me, Lord."
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?
God is not trying to hide from you; He is simply waiting for you to open your heart. Find a way to sincerely ask Him to stay with you today and dwell in your heart. Follow St. Dominic Savio's advice on the lock screen today... "Ask Jesus to make you a Saint. After all, only He can do that. Go to confession regularly and to Communion as often as you can."
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The following image is here for you to save and use as a background or lock screen on your smartphone or device to help you carry today's Lectio Divina with you the rest of the day.
Today's prayer was prepared by Dan Wolff, High School Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.