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).
Today's Gospel reveals something important about the relationship we have with Jesus. As Jesus is preaching, his mother and his "brothers" appear outside and want to speak to him. Now, quick note, the word for brother used in this passage isn't speaking of literal brothers (otherwise Mary's perpetual virginity wouldn't make sense) but of close relatives, such as cousins. Okay, back to the narrative. They ask to speak to Jesus and some of his disciples come inside and tell Jesus that his family is there to speak to him. Instead of being a good son and letting his mother in, as we might expect Jesus to do, he reveals something important to us: we are all the family of Jesus Christ.
When we think of a relationship with Jesus we typically think of friendship, which isn't wrong. We consider Jesus to be our friend especially when it comes to prayer- our connection with Jesus is like conversing with a friend. But today Jesus tells us that anyone who does the will of the Father is his brother, sister, and mother. We know that through our baptism we are adopted sons and daughters of God the Father, which would make us "siblings" of his son, Jesus. However, it can't just stop there. Though baptism claims us as adopted children of God, Jesus tells us that those who do the will of the Father are his family members.
You see, it isn't enough to simply be baptized to call ourselves sons or daughters of God or brothers or sisters of Christ. Jesus lays out very clearly that only those who do the will of the Father are his family members. We need to move beyond the passive reality of baptism and start living the active reality of it- to do the will of God the Father in every aspect of our lives. Then, we can call ourselves brothers and sisters of Christ!
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.
How do I do the will of the Father in my life?
Do I think of Jesus as a friend or as a brother? Why?
How can I live out the will of the Father in my life more?
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.
"Lord, help me do your will."
"Thank you for loving me."
"Help me live more as your son/daughter."
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?
When you pray today ask the Lord how you can better do his will in your life. Write down three concrete things you can do this week to begin living out the will of God in your life.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Adam Smyth, a high school youth minister at St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands, TX.