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).
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?”
These words are slightly ironic to me today as we literally can’t go anywhere. We haven’t left the house for weeks. If it wasn’t for my new puppy, I might not go outside at all. And more importantly, I have not been able to go to Mass or receive Jesus in the Eucharist. I have nowhere to go.
But that, of course, is not what Peter is talking about.
The apostles just heard Jesus’s groundbreaking discourse on the Eucharist, where Jesus said that we would eat, gnaw, on His flesh and His flesh will feed us and sustain us (which, if we are being honest, is a little weird). It is still something many people have a hard time accepting, so they leave the Catholic Church, or they choose to ignore that part of our faith.
Many people heard this teaching and left then, just as they do today. They went somewhere else. It was too hard to understand or accept, so they chose to leave Jesus. The Eucharist has sustained me weekly since I discovered the true presence of Jesus when I was in high school. Two years ago, I had the privilege to receive the Eucharist only yards from the spot where Jesus died for me. My faith grew and my reliance with him deepened.
As this period where I can’t receive Him has been extended, I have been praying through my belief and this passage from John 6. What do I believe? Why? How can I rely on Jesus when I can no longer receive Him?
I literally can’t go anywhere. So I am here, watching Mass on my TV and reflecting that I need Jesus. I need the bread of life that will continue to feed me and encourage my faith. In these moments, I make a spiritual communion and long for the day I can receive Him again.
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.
What are the things you "go" to in order to escape sometimes that stop you from turning to Jesus in the midst of your life?
How are you doing in the midst of a different time of living out your faith? Where have you seen Jesus move in these weeks?
In what ways is God calling you to deepen your understanding of and devotion to the Eucharist?
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 bread of life."
"I trust in you."
"To whom else would I go?"
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?
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 Lisa Kendzior, Junior High Youth Minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, IL.
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