+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Amen
Jesus, You who were made man to teach us how to live fully as human beings, I ask that You bless me with Your presence in this moment of prayer. Help me to make silence in my interior that I may listen to you and Your words of eternal life and that they would transform me in the depths of my heart.
– (Make in silence a brief examination of your conscience for yesterday)
Good Jesus, I know the immense love that You have for me, and I know how weak and sinful I am. How many times have You invited me to walk with You, yet I turn back to the seduction of sin. Let me take refuge in Your infinite mercy, and I pray that You would heal my heart, so that I can persevere in my fight for holiness, strengthened by Your friendship.
Today’s Gospel: “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.” (Saint Luke 8:19-21)
The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him but were unable to join him because of the crowd. He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you.” He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
Brief Spiritual Text
Meditate on this reflection given by Benedict XVI:
Mary really is the woman of listening: we see it in her encounter with the Angel and we see it again in every episode of her life, from the Wedding at Cana, to the Cross and to the day of Pentecost, when she was in the midst of the Apostles precisely to receive the Spirit. She is the symbol of openness, of the Church that awaits the coming of the Holy Spirit.
In the moment of the Annunciation, we can already detect an attitude of listening true listening, a listening that becomes interiorized, which does not simply say “yes” but assimilates the word, grasps the word and follows it with true obedience, as if it were an interiorized word, that is, as if it had become a word in me and for me, almost a form of my life. I find this very beautiful: to see this active listening, that is, a listening that attracts the word in such a way that it enters and becomes a word within me, reflecting on it and accepting it in the depths of my heart. Thus the word becomes an incarnation.
We see it in the Magnificat. We know that it is a fabric woven from Old Testament words. We see that Mary is truly a woman of listening, that she knew Scripture in her heart. She did not only know a few texts, but she identified with the word to the extent that the Old Testament words were summed up in a hymn forming within her heart and on her lips. We see that her life was really penetrated by the word. She had entered into the word, assimilating it, and it became life within her, and it was thus transformed into words of praise and a proclamation of God’s greatness.
It is obvious: The Madonna is a word of listening, a silent word, but also a word of praise and of proclamation because in listening to the word, it becomes flesh again and thus a presence of God’s greatness.
Brief Personal Meditation
(Make silence in your interior and question yourself:)
– What does the Gospel tell me?
– How does it illuminate my life?
– How do I need to change to be more like Jesus?
– What do I lack in my life, to be more like Him?
Thanksgiving and Personal Petitions
Thank You, Jesus, for strengthening my faith during this prayer. Help me to always live with hope, and I pray that all my works, nourished by Your love, would be a testimony to the world that You are alive. Help me every day to be a better Christian.
(If you like, you can bring your own petitions to the Lord)
– Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be
Consecration to Mary
(Finish your prayer by praying to Mary:)
Hail, Queen of heaven and Lady of the angels,
Hail, the root; hail, the gate that opened to the Light that came into the world.
Rejoice, glorious Virgin, the most beautiful of all,
Hail, graceful Maiden, pray to Christ for us all.
+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Amen