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 not let your hearts be troubled.”
How many times have we heard this reading at Mass or heard this verse quoted? Time and again, we hear it until we no longer understand its meaning.
But there is a very important word that we often don’t take into great consideration. Jesus tells His apostles to not let themselves be troubled. It’s not as direct as it could be. Instead of telling them, “Do not be troubled,” there is a choice offered. They can choose to allow trouble to reign in their hearts, or they can decide to cast it out.
We also must take into account the context of this passage from John’s Gospel. This is the first sentence of the Last Supper discourses where Jesus unpacks everything else He must tell His apostles before He goes to be crucified. Christ has already announced that one of His closest friends would betray Him, and He even told Peter that before dawn he would deny knowing Jesus. He has spoken of His death time and again — the worst thing His apostles could imagine — and then He tells them to choose not to let trouble have the upper hand. If ever there was a time for them to be troubled, it would have been those hours prior to the crucifixion. But Jesus asks them to trust and take heart.
Jesus is offering us the same decision today. As we live in this season of Easter in a world of uncertainty, Christ wants us to choose to trust Him instead of giving in to fear. Whether it is fear over the pandemic, finances, school, family, or the future; Christ wants us to choose Him instead. For if we fall into despair, we have lost sight of the bigger picture: that Jesus has already defeated sin and death, and that we are called to walk in the knowledge of the resurrection.
So today, let’s face our fears. Let’s face our troubles. And let’s trust that God is bigger than anything we are going through right now.
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 some of the fears you are facing today?
How can you give these fears over to God and trust Him in these specific areas?
How can you prepare yourself so that when you encounter future fears, your reaction is to trust God first?
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."
"Come Holy Spirit."
"You're a Good Good Father."
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?
Before we get to today's action, remember that today is Mother's Day. Take a moment to pray for your mom and anyone who has been like a mother to you.
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:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
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Today's Prayer was prepared by Ava Lalor, an editor for a Catholic newspaper.
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