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).
You are not alone. Even if you are the only Catholic in your friend group, you are not alone in your relationship and love of the Lord. Look at this passage from Zechariah in the Old Testament. He’s talking about how all kinds of people from all over the world will come together to worship God. The Church today is the New Jerusalem and see how this passage has been fulfilled! The Church has spread from Jerusalem throughout the world and so many people now come to worship God in unity. Millions of people gather in thanksgiving to praise God for His mighty work of salvation, of saving us from sin and enabling us to come to know and love Him for all eternity.
But how do all those people affect me? Just because someone else goes to Mass and prays, why should I? Or how does that help me feel less alone?
God wants all people to come into His perfect love and joy. You are not the only one who praises and loves Him, and if you don’t really pray, God still wants you. Your brothers and sisters in Christ are praying for you and your relationship with God, and they support you in prayer even if you do not know, see, or hear from them in your lifetime. Look at the passage where it says, “the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another, and say, ‘Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD’; and, ‘I too will go to seek the LORD.’” The people encourage one another to come to know and love God. They are not alone but have the support of those they probably never met before.
So do not be discouraged. Even if you have no friends that pray, or even if you have a great community of friends in Christ, you always have the Universal Church, the Body of Christ, millions of brothers and sisters praying with and for you to Christ. Pray for your fellow Christians, God is with us all, and try to bring your friends who do not believe to Christ with you so that they may know His great love and joy too. Pray for an open heart to His will and love for yourself and the whole world.
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 is your faith community like?
How have other Christians encouraged you and helped you live out your faith?
Have you ever felt alone in your faith? How has the Lord brought you consolation and encouragement in the midst of that loneliness?
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 am not alone."
"Seek the Lord."
"God is with 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?
Pray today for those who feel isolated in their faith, and give thanks to the Lord for your brothers and sisters in Christ.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Mary Griffin, a Senior Theology and Catechetics major at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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