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).
When I read today’s first reading, it seems like the early church was living in this dream world. Everyone was so generous and got along, and everyone had exactly what they needed. So when and where did things change? Why doesn’t this seem to be the same world and church we are living in today?
In a world filled with tragedy and suffering, from Notre Dame to Sri Lanka and beyond, it can be hard to see the Holy Spirit at work as he was in the early church. We need to invite the Holy Spirit back into our communities, our families, and our hearts. When we lay down all that we have and all that we are and all that we long to be at the foot of the cross, then the work of transformation begins. This transformation is not always easy, but with the Holy Spirit, we find greater unity not only in our community but also in our own hearts. With greater surrender comes greater freedom.
This Easter season is a beautiful time to unleash the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The early church was not just a “dream world;” it was living the reality and beauty of the truth of the resurrection, which Christ invites us to live in each and every day.
While I know, practically speaking, there is no magical pill to fix the problems and suffering which our world is facing today, I firmly that with the Holy Spirit we can begin to find the peace and freedom which Christ offers each one of us. Let’s get back to our roots and look to the early church not as an unattainable reality but as the truth for which we were created and are continually striving.
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 sticks out to me about the early church that I desire for my own life?
How often do I invite the Holy Spirit into my communities (family, friends, etc.)?
How can I model the beauty of the church in my life this Easter?
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.
"Come, Holy Spirit!"
"Help me surrender."
"Jesus, transform our world."
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?
Find time today to pray within your community- whether that be your friend group, your parish, or your family. Begin to model the church in your life!
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Overbeck, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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