Meditation Mt 13,36-43

Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love. 

Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: See the whole world. This world is a soil ready to receive seeds. Therefore, Jesus spreads the seeds all over the soil. Then you can see how he cares for them: watering, giving the sun, fertilizing when needed. The seeds begin to germinate, green stems and leaves grow, until the plants start to bear fruit. See this scene through your eyes of the imagination, smell plants, taste of fruit.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: if I were the seed, which would give a food, taste fruits

  1. See yourself as the seed that Jesus sowed in the best soil for which he still cares for love. See how he cares about you – what exactly he does, because he knows that no other seed is able to give the same fruits as you. So you are unique and special to him.
  2. Everyday you give fruits – think about what you do with them: you keep for yourself, share with others or is it difficult for you to see them? You can ask for the grace of open eyes that will help you see your fruits.
  3. Whoever has ears ought to hear. I encourage you to listen during this holiday time. If you are by the sea – listen to its noise, if you are in the mountains – listen to the silence of the mountains, if you are in the city – listen to the noises of the city … Just listen, you may be surprised how much you hear. Good luck!

Meditation: St Ignatius encourages in The Spiritual Exercises No. 2 … Because not so much knowledge, but internal feeling and the taste of things please and saturate the soul, that is, we stay where we feel interior movement … and nervously do not try to go on.

The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar,such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54) 

Meditation Mt 12,46-50

Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love. 

Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus is speaking to the crowds. See the place where he is – maybe inside the temple. During this time, his mother and his brothers have come to Jesus. Someone notes them and announces to Jesus their arrival. Jesus, however, does not go out to the people who came, but he begins to explain what it means to be his mother, sister and brother. Be in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the grace of my free heart

  1. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother and sister, and mother.

God’s will is a love that seeks to express itself in specific circumstances. It is not destiny. It is the search for an answer to the question: How can I serve God in a given situation? To do God’s will is also means to recognize our desires and follow the desires of the free heart. It means the heart which in its election is guided by the greater glory of God. So you choose what will bring more good.

You can look at the life of Jesus. He lived the most perfectly according to the will of God. See what it meant in his life.

Look at your life: how do you recognize and fulfill the will of God? What are your choices?

2. Be with Jesus in this scene. Talk to him about your recognizing the will of God. You can ask for the grace of a free heart, which is guided by greater love in your decisions.

Meditation: St Ignatius encourages in The Spiritual Exercises No. 2 … Because not so much knowledge, but internal feeling and the taste of things please and saturate the soul, that is, we stay where we feel interior movement … and nervously do not try to go on.

The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar, such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54) 

Meditation Mt 11,20-24

Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love.

Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus is standing among a crowd of people in the town square. He is talking to them about the pain he feels because the mighty deeds had been done but people had not repented. See sadness on Jesus’ face, maybe anger. Feel his bitterness. Look at people how they look and react to Jesus’ words. Try to find yourself in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trust in Jesus

1. Jesus makes reproaches to towns that they did not repent, that they did not changed their way of thinking. How do you change your way of thinking? In what spaces do you need a change? What reluctances do you have to do a change? What can give you the courage to take a step forward?

2. For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom….

Each of us receives gifts and favors from God every day. Today Jesus encourages us to use the goods received and share them with others. Saint Ignatius of Loyola gave us the examen prayer, which helps us see God’s gifts we receive each day. The first point of this prayer is to stand in the presence of God and gratitude for God’s gifts. See what miracles did Jesus do in your life today? What gifts did you get from him and what did you do with them? How did you use them and share with others?

Meditation: St Ignatius encourages in The Spiritual Exercises No. 2 … Because not so much knowledge, but internal feeling and the taste of things please and saturate the soul, that is, we stay where we feel interior movement … and nervously do not try to go on.

The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar,such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54)

 

Meditation J 20, 24-29

Stand in God’s presence. God is present here and now, looking upon you with love.

Ask for the Grace: I will beg God our Lord that all my intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: The disciples are in the upper room. They tell Thomas about the appearance of Jesus. Thomas does not want to believe in their report, he needs a sign. At some moment Jesus enters the upper room, although the doors were locked. He lets Thomas touch his wounds. Thomas recognizes his Lord and God in Jesus. And where are you in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for deep trust in Christ 

1. Jesus came, although the doors were locked

Sometimes it may seem to us that we are experiencing the absence of God. Especially in situations where there are many difficulties, when we feel emptiness, when we look at human poverty. But Jesus is present. He comes despite closed doors to our hearts. He gives his presence – a precious gift. Can you give something more to the other person than yourself? What results for you from the presence of Jesus next to you? What does the presence cause in you? What is your presence for your relatives, for God?

2. Jesus allows Thomas to touch his wounds. You also receive the gift of intimacy with a wounded God. It is an expression of Jesus’ great trust. See how difficult it is to show you your wounds to the other person, how much more difficult is to let them to touch the wounds. Jesus lets you touch his wounds. What does this mean to you? How does it affect your relationship with him, the perception of yourself, others?

3. Look to Jesus, and if you would like you can speak as Thomas: my Lord and my God. Be in the presence of Jesus as you can.

Meditation: St Ignatius encourages in The Spiritual Exercises No. 2 … Because not so much knowledge, but internal feeling and the taste of things please and saturate the soul, that is, we stay where we feel interior movement … and nervously do not try to go on.

The final conversation: Spend a little time at the end, being with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit….as you would with a good friend: sometimes talking, sometimes listening, sometimes being together in silence. Speak to God about your feelings. Remember that times when ‘nothing is happening’ can also be significant. When you’re ready, end your prayer by saying thank you or using words that are familiar,such as the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)–whichever feels right and comfortable. (The Spiritual Exercises No.54)