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, we hear many people say that they love Jesus, but do not love religion. They will claim to be "spiritual, but not religious", and even use our Good Lord as an example of this mentality, as he often clashed with the religious leaders of His day.
It is true that Jesus exposed the hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees, but it was for their violation of the heart of the Law of Moses, not the word of the Law itself. How could He reject the Law, as He was the one to establish it Himself?
Christ says that not the smallest of the letters of the Law shall pass away until "all things have taken place." As Christians, we know that everything given by God has taken place. Divine Revelation of the Truth of God and His Love has been given to the Church and subsequently to us throughout history. This fundamentally means the love that Christ has for His Church now is the very same as it was on the Cross.
Today is the Memorial of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs of the Early Church under the Roman Empire. Saint Perpetua had a child just before and Saint Felicity was pregnant at the time of their deaths. They refused to deny the Lord before the false gods and persecutions of Rome. The Faith they died for is the very same we hold today. Perhaps we don't have the same imminent dangers like they did, but we are called to live the same heroic virtue.
What are the "smallest letters" in our lives? Do we allow our Faith to come through in small things, like fasting, penance, and almsgiving? The smallest letters of the Law were not changing with Christ, but He transformed them. He has the ability to transform our small letters, our little things, if we let Him. Find something small today to offer to Christ, Who will perfect it and give you the grace to persevere in Faith, as He did for the saints of old, for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
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 is your faith a part of all aspects of your life?
What can you do to incorporate your faith into more areas of your life, such as work, school, or sports?
How is God transforming you and your heart this Lent? How are you growing in virtue?
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.
"Thy kingdom come."
"You fulfill all things."
"Transform my heart."
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 something small to offer to God, and pay attention to the ways He transforms your offering throughout the rest of Lent.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Kevin Poynton, graduate of the University of Dayton with a Degree in Religious Studies.
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