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 one I find particularly frustrating. Not because of what Jesus said, but because of how many people misinterpret it. At first glance, it almost seems that Jesus is putting His mother down; but that is not the case at all. Jesus loved His mother. He loved her very much. So much that some of His last words to make sure that she, who had no other living children or living husband, would be provided for after His death. He gave His mother to John, His beloved disciple.
He didn't have a will and didn't spend time saying you take this, or the money I've saved goes to you. His last words were about ensuring that His mother was cared for and loved. And when He gave her to John, He was giving her so that all of us might have as a mother.
One of the most beautiful examples I saw recently of this was in a book about St John Paul II. His mother died at an early age, and after her death his father took John Paul II (or Karol as he was known then) and his brother to church and told them that Mary was now their mother and they were never alone.
So in this passage, Jesus is rather saying: you don't have to be my mother to love me. You don't have to be my mother to grow close to me. Instead, how do we get close to Jesus? The Scriptures – we study His words and take them to heart.
And, no one wants us to be close to her son more than Mary does. Mary wants to lead you to encounter Christ. She wants to help you know Him and to love Him. She guides us there with her mother's heart.
October is the month of the rosary. Each mystery of the rosary is looking at part of Jesus's life through His mother's eyes. The mysteries, from Scripture, lead us to encounter not just Mary, but also Jesus. So this month, spend some time getting to know Mary through Scripture with the rosary, and in that deepen your own relationship with Jesus.
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.
In your life, how can you respond more readily to God's Word, getting to know him through the Scriptures?
What is your relationship with the Blessed Mother like? How can you grow in your relationship with her so that she can point you to her son?
In your own walk with Jesus, how is God calling you deeper?
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.
"Hail Mary, full of grace."
"Help me to know you Jesus."
"I want to know you more, oh 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?
Pray a rosary today, reflecting on the mysteries and what they tell you about Jesus, letting those mysteries lead you deeper into a relationship with Jesus.
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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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