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).
“God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life.” These words that begin the Catechism of the Catholic Church reveal the very beginning of our story.
We need to always begin moments of prayer, and even each day, with the recognition that God planned to have us share and partake in his perfect, blessed life. However, when we reflect on the fact that God has called us to this great love, we sometimes forget how the plan actually played out. It’s easy to forget that God, in his plan of goodness, sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to take on our sins and draw us into the life of the Trinity. He achieved this by sacrificing himself to pay our debt. It’s easy to forget that because of Jesus Christ, we have been saved from death and free for all eternity to participate in the great love of God!
This reading today helps us to never forget exactly how important the Incarnation of Jesus actually is. We were all born in a world where Jesus already came and took on human flesh. We never knew a time when we did not have the promise of eternal life; we never knew a time when we were all waiting for a Savior to come and rescue us. Israel was not always as fortunate as we are today. The reading from Zechariah reminds us of the hope and anticipation that Israel once had for their Savior. They never forgot the story- they never forgot the great love of God that He has shown to us by taking on our flesh.
What this reading reminds us of is that God’s perfect plan to help us share in his blessed life hinged upon the Incarnation. Jesus didn’t take on flesh and become like us in all things but sin for no reason; he did it to draw us into the Divine life of God! Today, we have a chance to reflect on God’s plan for us- the plan that is fulfilled in Christ’s drawing us into the love of the Trinity. Pray for the same hope that Israel once had and to always remember the plan that God fulfilled in his Son.
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 often do you consider God's plan of love?
Do you see yourself as part of this plan of love?
Do you trust that God has good plans for you? How can you grow in trust?
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 love."
"You have the perfect plan."
"Dwell within me."
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?
Take time in prayer to meditate on God's plan of salvation. Think about how much love God has shown you through His loving sacrifice. Talk to God about His plans and ask for His help to follow them.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Adam Smyth, a high school youth minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Ellicott City, MD.