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).
Do you realize the great love Jesus is showing us in this Gospel?
Jesus had crowds of thousands of people following him and hundreds of disciples who had left their ways of life for him. Jesus gave the teaching on the Eucharist, telling everyone that they must eat His flesh and drink His blood to have eternal life. Then, for the only time in the bible because of one of Jesus' teachings, the crowds and numerous disciples left Jesus; they left the church. Jesus didn’t chase after them saying, “I was just kidding! It’s supposed to be another metaphor!” or “Never mind, I’ll change that teaching for you!” Jesus instead turned to his twelve original disciples and asked if they wanted to leave too.
If the twelve decided to leave too, what would have happened? Jesus still would have suffered and died for our sins, but who would have been there to spread the good news of the resurrection and go to the ends of the Earth to evangelize? The Eucharist is THAT important; in fact, it is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC 1324).
Jesus shows us great love, as he would rather give us what we need to spend eternity with God than to just tell us what we want to hear. Do you always show the people in your life great love?
Although “people-pleasing” isn’t always bad, it can be dangerous when you choose that over “people-loving”. It can be awkward, unpleasant, and difficult to say or do something that you know other people don’t want to hear, see, or even talk about, but realize how important it is to always uphold truth and love. People might laugh at you, get angry, or walk away now, but in Heaven they’ll thank you.
Whenever you’re in the position of choosing between people-pleasing and people-loving, remember this Gospel passage. Remember that to love another person means that you want them to get to Heaven. Look at the big picture: “tough” love now may lead to love eternal.
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.
When you go to Mass today (or next, if you went already), how will you enter into the Mass with the faith of Peter saying "to whom else shall we go?" As difficult as it might be, how will you challenge yourself to be present in that way?
What are some ways God is calling you to grow right now although it may be difficult?
How are you being called to truly love those around you, even when it's very difficult?
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.
"To whom else would I go."
"You are enough."
"Jesus, I trust in you."
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 for the Church this week. In order to give this same sort of tough love to the Church and those around you, pray for the grace to truly know what is right and to lead the Church forward by your holiness and your love for others.
Smartphone Lock Screen
The following image is here for you to save and use as a background or lock screen on your smartphone or device to help you carry today's Lectio Divina with you the rest of the day.
Today's prayer was prepared by Katie LoBosco, a student at the University of Dayton studying Music Therapy.
If you have anything you'd like our team to pray for, please go to the page of our website called "Prayers" and let us know how we can pray for you today.