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).
Imagine how different the Church might have been had this rich young man surrendered his life and his possessions and followed Jesus.
He could have gone home to his family and, with fear in his heart, but also great joy, given away all his treasure. He could have shocked his family, friends, and the entire town into asking, “Who is this Jesus, who so transformed our brother’s life that all the riches of the world are like dust to him?” He could have told them about how Jesus had freed him from his paralyzing love of money. He could have invited them to follow Jesus, too.
He could have become a great disciple, walking in Jesus’ footsteps and witnessing miracle after miracle. He could have allowed the living Word of God to fill his heart. He could have been friends with Jesus.
He could have become an apostle, sent out two-by-two. He could have become a vessel of the power of God, preaching hope and joy and freedom into the darkness. He could have healed bodies and driven demons out of souls in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, revealing the love of God for them.
He could have been there at the foot of the Cross, gazing into the eyes of his Savior as He died. He could have mourned with the disciples. He could have walked with Mary Magdalene to the empty tomb and met the risen Christ.
He could have been in the upper room with the disciples and with the Mother of God during Pentecost, when the Spirit of God was poured out. He could have been filled with power from on high for the unique mission God had for him.
He could have become the St. Francis of Assisi of his generation—a man of simplicity, joy, and freedom, unbound by material possessions, profoundly united to Jesus. With no riches to distract him, in the power and grace of the Spirit, he could have fallen deeply in love with God. His way of life, modeled after the simplicity of Jesus who had “no place to lay his head,” could have attracted men and women to live in a similar way. He could have founded a religious community that, thousands of years later, still reveals to the world that riches can never bring real meaning, fulfillment, or happiness.
At the end of his earthly life, he could have died with total peace in his heart and a longing to fully receive the treasures of heaven that he had already begun to experience throughout his life.
But today is not the feast day of a great disciple and apostle, St. Rich Young Man, because on the day of his encounter with Jesus, he chose the treasures of earth instead of the treasures of heaven.
Today, Jesus offers each of us the same invitation: “Come follow me.” What will you choose?
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 has Jesus invited you to follow Him and you chose not to?
How have you inspired others by following Jesus?
When have you been a witness to your faith?
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 want to follow you."
"Here I am Lord."
"Lord help me follow 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?
Put yourself in the story of the rich young man, how will you follow Jesus today? What will be different for others if you followed Jesus?
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Today's prayer was prepared by Becca O’Hara, who loves Jesus and lives with her husband Chris in Halifax, Canada, where they both work for the Church.
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