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).
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
Hmmmm….I kind of took that like, “Hey, we get there are rules, but we’re hungry human beings, where is the compassion for us to eat a little grain?”
How often are we slaves to our jobs or school or hobbies or our never ending ‘to do’ lists or our diet and workout programs? Do you sometimes feel like there are a lot of rules you need to follow but yet the ‘most important rules’ you do not follow as much as you would like or sometimes not at all?
And those rules would be The Greatest Commandments - “Love the one and only God with all your body, mind, soul and strength,” especially on Sunday. “Love your neighbor as yourself,” whether you know them, like them or agree with them.
So, if it is possible - let’s try to not do things on Sunday that can be done on another day of the week. Especially if it takes us away from Mass or our families or from people who are in need.
If we can only do things on Sunday, great, but try to keep it at a minimum. And of course, some people must work and provide for their families and their jobs require them to work on Sunday, I get it! Which is why we need to keep it in perspective and back to "Man is not made for the Sabbath."
But for those of us who do not have this constraint, let’s really try to make the Lord’s day what it is supposed to be about- and that is for us to worship, rest and thank Him all day long. Let’s spend time with our families and friends on this special day and share our love for one another.
We can all remember one of those summer barbecues from your family or your uncle’s or neighbor’s or somewhere you felt there was something special at that party and everyone knew it. Was it the people, was it the food, was it the energy, was it the … love?
I think it always is the love and when there is a lot of love, it spills over and creates more love almost like it is contagious and multiplying itself. Let’s try that: fill our Sunday (and every day) with the best love ever and share God’s love and the love we have for each other.
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 what ways am I respecting the Sabbath? How am I not?
How can I spend more energy making the Sabbath about God and not me?
How is God calling me to spill over love to others in my life?
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.
"Jesus, I trust in you."
"Let me overflow with your love."
"Help me be transformed."
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?
Make an effort to organize your week schedule to free up this coming Sunday. Try to keep Sunday free so you can respect it as the Sabbath and let the focus be all on God!
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