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 remember learning in middle school religion class that even when we just utter the name of Jesus, He immediately is in our presence. If we don’t know how to pray, a good place to start is by simply saying His name over and over again.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church it says, “Jesus is the Risen One, and whoever invokes the name of Jesus is welcoming the Son of God who loved him and who gave himself up for him” (CCC 2666). In today’s Gospel Jesus is trying to teach His disciples that by praying in His name, they will be introduced to the oneness of the Person of Our Heavenly Father and the Son and later aided by the third Person of the Trinity – The Holy Spirit. It almost sounds like Jesus is recognizing the disciples faith in Jesus being sent by the Father in Heaven, but He is reassuring them to dive deeper, trust more, and make their requests known to both the Father and Son.
I know there are some days where all I tend to be able to muster in my prayer time is the name of Jesus. It is a beautiful and simple way to grow in praise of Our Lord, trust, and surrender to ask in prayer for our desires. Remembering that He always hears our intentions, but the way He responds is either: 'Yes,' 'not yet,' or 'no, because I have something better in mind. Just you wait! '
Let us not be afraid to approach our prayer time with confidence asking for the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts and words. How can we find more trust and hope in the opening prayer from Christian Prayer, “God come to my assistance, Lord make haste to help me”? Let us also not forget that when our words fall short, when our thoughts are jumbled and we feel chaotic, His name is one of the most powerful and precious words that can leave our lips.
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 prayer been lately? Have you been finding yourself able to really enter in, or struggling to really share your heart with the Lord? Somewhere in between those?
When you think of the Trinity, what do you think of? How about for each Person of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
What is on your mind today that you want to ask for God to come to your assistance?
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.
"God, come to my assistance."
"Lord, make haste to help me."
"Come, Holy Spirit."
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?
In this difficult time, we will use our Action step each day to join with people around the world in praying for an end to the pandemic of the Coronavirus, for the healing of all those affected, and for the comfort of all those who have lost a loved one. The prayer below is from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the USCCB in his reflection and prayer during coronavirus:
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katy Praetzel, a worship leader in Pittsburgh, PA.
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