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).
The Old Testament reading from today is from the book of Daniel, and tells of a dream vision the protagonist experienced in which he saw a number of creatures, each more fearsome than the last, and each in some way exercising oppressive dominion over the world around it. This scene transitions into that of a court with the Master upon his throne, being tended to by a vast multitude of servants. The Master passes judgement upon these beastly creatures, who are condemned and lose their power and dominion.
Then, at last, the vision turns to “One like a son of man coming on the clouds of heaven”. This one is presented before the Master and is given glory, and kingship and dominion. Furthermore, his kingship is proclaimed to be everlasting, never to be destroyed or taken away.
It seems we’ve heard the description “Son of Man” somewhere else, haven’t we? Where was that again? Well, some counts show that Jesus describes himself using this name more than 80 times in gospels of the New Testament (32 times Matthew, 14 in Mark, 26 in Luke, and 10 in John). Surely, Jesus was hearkening back to the language used in the book of Daniel, as well as a number of other places in Hebrew scripture.
Jesus IS the King. All glory and dominion are His. We turn to Him always, be it for mercy, or support, or any other need or righteous desire we may seek. He has overcome the death brought on by sin, and has won back our salvation with his perfect sacrifice. Let us all reflect during this upcoming season of Advent, as we await the birth of our king and Lord, what this salvation means for us. Our eternal home has been restored to us in heaven with our Creator. Our Lord has come into his kingdom, and devotedly awaits all of us to join Him.
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.
Do you see Jesus as the King of Glory? The King of All? Having Dominion over everything?
Have you given Jesus the seat at the throne of your heart, inviting Him to be King of everything in your life?
Do visions like the one described in Daniel inspire, confuse, or perplex you? Do they seem far-fetched in today's culture or something we're preparing for at the end of time? Do you believe they will happen?
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.
"You are the King of my Heart."
"Be seated at the throne of my Heart."
"I am here to serve and follow 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?
Tomorrow's the last day of the Liturgical Year before we began again with a new Advent. Take time to think of a New Year's Resolution you can do in your spiritual life to put Jesus on the throne of your heart (or put Him back). Maybe it's committing to monthly confession for a year. Maybe it's doing an examen at the end of every day. Maybe it's praying the Rosary daily. Maybe it's committing to a holy hour every week. Choose something new to deepen your relationship with the King of the Universe ... he wants to grow closer to you!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jim Lundgren, a parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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