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).
Blessed is he who shall have seen you
and who falls asleep in your friendship.
Advent is an interesting season, isn't it? We're two weeks in, and we have one full week and one short week left before Christmas. It's likely that, when I just pointed out that there are 10-ish days until Christmas, your mind jumped to something that you have to get done. Presents will need to be wrapped, likely. Cookies may need to be baked. That ugly sweater may need to be ironed or stretched out or borrowed from an aunt that has quite a selection of sweaters and will definitely let you win that contest.
Whatever there is to do, it's likely that there is something. In the midst of all of that, waiting for Christmas doesn't often feel like waiting, but like time is rapidly passing us by. The season, though, is truly about waiting. We're waiting of course for Christmas – that glorious day when we remember the remarkable birth of Jesus 2,000 years ago. In a bigger way, though, the waiting of Advent is a microcosm of our entire life of faith: we're waiting for that glorious moment when we will be—God-willing—reunited with our heavenly Father for all of eternity.
Today's first reading from Sirach reminds us of all that is to come. Elijah, the prophet, tells the people of the Savior who is to come, the one who will reunite all of God's people and return them to the glory that God has in store for them. And blessed is he—blessed are we—who knows the Savior before they fall asleep.
You and I will, eventually, be called back home to the Father. We are living in a time of waiting, but not a waiting that just requires us to sit around and watch life happen. No, our waiting is an active waiting, a waiting in which we seek the face of the Father constantly that we may know him and that, when he comes or when he speaks, we are ready to hear him and to see him.
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 are you doing with preparing your heart for Jesus this Advent?
In what ways is God challenging you right now to wait well? How can you make sure that you are ready to hear his voice when he speaks to you?
What is your prayer for this Christmas? Into what part of your life are you going to invite God in a particular way in this blessed season?
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.
"I love you Lord."
"I long for your friendship."
"Help me to wait."
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?
Take a break today and look at your nativity scene for a few minutes. If that's not set up yet, make a trip over to your local parish and sit with the nativity scene there, asking Jesus to help you prepare for the celebration of what that nativity represents.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Jason Theobald, Executive Director of Carpe Verbum.
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