Meditation Lk 8,19-21

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 Lordthat all my intentionsand actions may be directed purelyto the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus is surrounded by a crowd of people. In this situation his mother and cousins come to him. Someone notices them and goes to Jesus to tell him about their arrival. The family has to wait. See this scene, see what Jesus could feel and his family. Where are you in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I may hear the word of God

  1. The mother and brothers of Jesus cannot meet Him because of a crowd of people. Sometimes the crowd interferes us with meeting Jesus. This crowd can be our obsessive thoughts, fears, our beliefs, patterns, our pursuit of work, of duty. What is the crowd that bothers you in meeting Jesus? Why do you allow it?

Note that Jesus does not do the crowed, only he has to be done. What are you doing with the crowd? Maybe it needn’t  be an obstacle …

  1. Mary and brothers probably come to Jesus just to meet him. From the description of Luke, it does not appear that they were impatient, they demand immediately to see him, quick satisfaction of their needs. And how do you come to Jesus? For what purpose do you come to him? What do you expect from meeting him?

3. My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.

In this way Jesus determines who his family is. In this context, do you belong to his family? How do you listen to God’s word? For whose glory are you doing this? What are you doing later with the heard Word? How do you introduce the Word into your life, how has the Word influence on your relationship with your loved ones?

What Word have you heard today and what will you do with the Word?

  1. Go to meet Jesus. Wait patiently and let the crowd go. Jesus is waiting for you.

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 Lk 2,41-52

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 Lordthat all my intentionsand actions may be directed purelyto the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jerusalem during the Passover. There are a crowd of people. According to festival custom Mary and Joseph went there with the twelve-year-old Jesus. In this huge crowd they are losing Jesus. At first, they think that he was in the caravan or with their friends and relatives. However, they do not find him there. They were looking for him with great anxiety. After three days they find Jesus in a temple surrounded by teachers. They tell him how much they worried about him. Instead, they hear a gruff answer from their child. In the end, they went to their house to Nazareth. Be in this scene with the holy family.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for getting to know my way to God ever better

  1. Mary and Joseph were full of pain because of the loss of Jesus. A holy family is not experiencing difficulties for the first time and by difficult feelings. It certainly was not easy. In such a situation, you may have a grudge against yourself that you did not look after the child and the child that it was disobedient. As we read in the Gospel, Mary kept in her heart the hole event, she did not run away from pain, nor did she seek it. What can this mean? Perhaps, in today’s language, she took that situation into prayer, she considered to learn a good lesson for herself in the future and to see what the situation teaches her.

See how you are experiencing your difficulties? What are you doing with them?

  1. I must be in my Father’s house and we can read in Gaudete et exultate pt. 11: The important thing is that each believer discerns his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gift that God has placed in their hearts (cf. 1 Cor 12:7), rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them. (…) For Good’s life is communicated “to some in one way and to others in another”.

What is your Father’s house for you? What is your path? What is the most personal gift that God has placed in your heart, how do you find it and how do you share it with others?

  1. Now Jesus asks you: why are you looking for me?You can answer him …

 

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 Lk 6,12-19

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 Lordthat all my intentionsand actions may be directed purelyto the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation:It’s night. Jesus is departing to the mountain to pray to God. He spends there all night. When the day comes, he calls his disciples to himself and chooses 12 he names apostles. Jesus calls each apostle by his name. Maybe you’ll hear your name too. Then Jesus and his apostles are coming down. A great crowd of people is waiting for him. Everyone wants to lieten to Jesus and be healed. See their reaction to the coming of Jesus. Let yourself be present in these events.

Ask for the fruit of meditation:   to have been longing to hear Jesus words 

1.Jesus calls 12 apostles. He calls everyone by name. See and hear Jesus say your name, because he wants you to be his apostle. Note that Jesus does not give special tasks to the apostles, no regulations, no instructions, because he is the mission. How do you react to his call? What does it mean for you to be an apostle in the place where you live, in your everyday life? How do you recognize your mission, how are you experiencing, in union with Christ, the mysteries of your life? (cf. Gaudete et exsultate 19-24)

2.People came to Jesus to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. The order of words: listen and be healed, seems to be deliberately used by Luke. First, one must hear the Word, accept it, even if it is difficult, let it works in us and then heals us. This Word has the power to heal. What word have you heard and received today? How do you listen to Jesus in prayer and in other people?

Jesus also comes in your word to others. How do you care for the quality of your word? What does your word give to others (strengthening, wise love, hope, fear, pain, anxiety, etc.)?

3.Jesus healed all people, who came to him. Jesus didn’t ask any question in this passage. He sees a man in his need. How do you see others, how do see needs your loved ones and those, who are from the so-called margin? Today look at others as if you wanted them to look at you.

4.Today you come to. Jesus to hear him. Be with Jesus and listen to him 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)

 

 

Meditation Lk 4,31-37

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 Lordthat all my intentionsand actions may be directed purelyto the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty
Fixing a place, a picture for meditation:It is the sabbath, a day off work. Jesus is in the synagogue at Capernaum. He is teaching people who have come to hear Him. Suddenly a man’s cry is heard. He is accuses Jesus of having come to destroy them. Jesus recognizes the demon in this man and commands him to come out of the man. Try to see the amazement of people seeing this miracle. Let yourself be at this event in the synagogue.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: Jesus, please change my heart

1.     (…) and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. The word of Jesus is full of authority. God gives us a different word every day in the liturgy of readings of the day. This Word is full of power, it is an indication of what we should look for in a given day, what we should relate to and what kind of word we should live. This is a very specific word that God sends to us every day. It changes your heart, makes a miracle in your life. All you need to do is take the Gospel in your hand every morning or day earlier in the evening and slowly read it.Which Word from today’s fragment changes your heart, moves you? What is it encouraging you?

2.     The healing that Jesus is doing today takes place on the Sabbath. It is for a man possessed by liberation, getting a rest that allows him to re-open himself to God, and thus gives strength to a new life.                                                                                                                                                                          This mentioned rest is also very important for us. It is a time of recuperating, changing our perception of difficulties and at the same time gathering energy for further work for the glory of God. How do you take care of your rest? How do you let Jesus heal on your Sabbath time? What’s the rest for you? Do you take care of your family  rest, which will change your relationship?

3.     Thank Jesus for the miracles (what?) That he has done for you today.

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)