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).
I was super blessed to grow up in a small town in Connecticut. For anyone who lives outside of New England, Connecticut is one of the few states that make up the region known as New England. This also means I am a New England Patriots fan (I know this makes many of you want to stop reading, but please bear with me, I promise I bring this up for a good reason). I have a Patriots sweater, Patriots blanket, and a few Patriots hats. This may be one of the more controversial facts about me, but definitely not something I am ashamed of.
We are all big fans of something. For many of us it is a sports team or musical artist, but it could really be anything. We wear logos with pride and are passionately iPhone or... wrong - sorry I mean Android. But seriously, we are not ashamed to be super fans of things of this world, but do we have this same level of fandom when it comes to God? Are we as quick to be a day one fan of Jesus as we are of the Jonas Brothers?
In today's second reading, Paul tells Timothy - and all of us - that we should not be ashamed to follow Christ and His Church. He also warns that being a fan (or better yet a follower) of Jesus will bring hardship and hate from others. If we are willing to take hate from other fans on rivalry week, are we willing to take hate for something that actually matters? I don't think God cares if you wear a Patriots hat, or a Cowboys hat, or a Yankees hat, or a Jesus hat. This is more than fandom, this is more that who you cheer for; this is who you live for.
Do not be ashamed of the Gospel. Do not be ashamed of a love that is so great that it died to be with you. Do not be ashamed of a Heavenly Father who gave His only Son, a Son who gave His life, and a Holy Spirit that is with you always. Do not be ashamed of a Communion of Saints that is a witness of how to respond to that love. Do not be ashamed to be passionately Catholic.
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.
What are the things you are most passionate about? What are the teams/people/things you are the biggest fan of, and why?
Are you ashamed or bashful about your faith? Why or why not?
How can you bring more passion to the way you share your faith with 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.
"Thank you for loving me."
"Come Holy Spirit."
"Jesus I love 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?
Try to be as passionate about your faith as you are about your favorite sports team or musician today. And don't be ashamed of that.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sean Norris, a theology teacher at JSerra Catholic High School in Orange County, CA.
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