Meditation Mt 18,21-35

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 intentionsand actions may be directed purely to the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Let the parable of Jesus be a picture: see the king in the room in his castle. How does this chamber look like? What does the king look like? The king decides to settle accounts with his slaves. Then one, who owed him 10,000 talents was brought to him. The slave could not pay, so the king tells him to sell it with his wife, children and other property. Then the slave was probably scared. He fell on his knees and begins to beg the king for mercy. The king gives him debt and lets him go. The same slave leaves the royal palace and met his debtor. He grabs him and begins to suffocate. He tells him to give him all the debt. However, he does not forgive him and puts him in jail. The king finds out quickly about this situation and calls on the debtor. The king being full of anger gives him to the executioners until he gives his debt. Where do you find yourself in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would like to forgive myself and others, just as God forgives me 

1.   Forgiveness.

In the passage under consideration, the slave pleads for his master’s pity to show him patience and give him time to pay the debt. The Lord gives him debt. The situation is not simple. For the servant has such a large debt that he realizes that he will not be able to give it back. The Lord knows it too. However, he gives him debt. He deliberately agrees to incur a loss.Every forgiveness is connected with incurring a loss, recognizing this loss, meeting with your own pain and suffering. Perhaps that is why it is difficult. Forgiveness is our act of will, that is, informed consent to bear my loss and thereby to blame the other person. This does not mean, however, that our wound will not bleed, that I will forget about the situation. All the more forgiveness is not reconciliation, because there is a long way to go. Like to rebuild trust. Forgiveness can even mean breaking the relationship. In forgiveness, it’s about my inner attitude to the other person, so that I will not grow feelings that will stimulate me to some kind of revenge, to play on the other person, but with more and more calm I can say that I wish good to my culprit.

a)     What is forgiveness for you? What is the biggest difficulty for you in the process of forgiveness? See also what you gain thanks to forgiveness? What goods begin to sprout then?

b)      Forgiveness is not just about other people. We often accuse ourselves of not being able to behave differently, that we let others harm ourselves. Look at yourself: what do you want to forgive yourself today? Hug yourself and say: I’m sorry for that …

2.  God’s mercy.

God loves you and he first comes to you and forgives you for your sins, faults. He does it out of love, for him, forgiveness is always a profit, meaning an ever-renewed relationship with a human being. Meet Jesus as much as you can with the One who accepts you as you are, with all your difficulties and with these joyful parts.

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 1,16.18-21.24a

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 intentionsand actions may be directed purely to the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Joseph, who wants to marry Mary, learns that he is pregnant and knows that he is not the father of her child. Maybe he can feel anger now, maybe regret. However, he does not want to expose Mary to public disgrace, so he decides to dismiss her quietly. At night, he gets a dream in which the angel of the Lord comes and explains the situation to him and says that Joseph would take Mary to him. Joseph accepts the words of an angel, wakes up and does everything as the angel instructed. Where do you find yourself in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the courage to live with Christ

1.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace …

Joseph found himself in a difficult situation, unenviable. He could feel betrayed, cheated by Mary. Still, he does not want to expose her to public disgrace. So, he is looking for a way out of this situation, to provide Mary with respect, save her as a human being. Joseph gives us a beautiful example of realizing the commandment of love.In different life situations we also have the right to feel anger, regret, feel betrayed, but we should let us keep our dignity to the other person. How do you deal with such situations? How do you accept another person? What does Joseph teach you today?On the other hand, let us note that despite Joseph’s first assumption of betrayal of Mary, it turns out that the situation is different. The thought that arises in us doesn’t always good.  What is your ability to explain misunderstandings to others and yourself? How do you verify the truth of your thoughts?

2.   Discernment of vocation.

An angel comes to Joseph in a dream and gives him a mission to fulfill. Joseph’s task is to take Mary to himself, to receive the child who will be born and give the child the name Jesus. Joseph undertakes this, although it was probably difficult for him. He went into something that was a certain unknown. One can say that he makes a kind of discernment of what to do to be closer to God.How do you read the will of God in your everyday life, do you discern what to do or not to do in an even closer relationship with God?

3. Love.

Meet Jesus, feel his gaze, experience his gaze. Talk to him about what is difficult in your life, about your fears and uncertainties. Jesus understands you, accepts you as you are, with everything you come with, maybe he gives you courage and says: do not be afraid, I’m with you. That is his love.

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 6,7-15

(verse 6 is also considered, which is the preceding context)

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 intentionsand actions may be directed purely to the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus teaches students how to pray. Maybe they are in a room, maybe the students are sitting around Jesus, who explains, not to be talkative, not to make excessive gestures, but to meet God in the silence of their apartment. See how students are listened to, how they receive the words that Jesus says. Maybe you are with them …

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my meeting with Jesus

1. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret.

When you enter your apartment and close the door behind you, it usually means that you enter the most intimate place for you. If you have a mess in your apartment, you will not let strangers come in, but only those with whom you have close relationships that you trust and feel safe and do not have to pretend to be someone you are not.Perhaps that’s why Jesus is saying today, to enter your apartment for prayer, because only there you can truly meet with the Living God. Where is your apartment (it can be a specific room, it can also be a space in you) where you meet with God? For what purpose do you meet with God? What is the meeting like? What gives you a meeting with Him?

If you do not have such a place, look for it in yourself ….

2. In today’s gospel, Jesus teaches us to pray Our Father.It is important to have both individual and community prayer for our spiritual development. We are all daughters and sons of God, that is why we can say our Lord’s Prayer together. When we say the words of Our Father prayer ourselves, we pray for the intentions of others (we say: give us this day our daily bread, we do not say: give me). Both types of prayers are needed, just as it is nice to meet friends in life, but later it’s good to stay alone. It is worth remembering others and taking care of them, but when we neglect ourselves, we can’t help others.How do you care for the balance between community and individual prayer? What does community prayer and individual prayer feed you?

3. I encourage you to practice:

first part: think and see what your most common prayer looks like

second part: imagine that you are going to pray to the room, the place where you usually pray. You are approaching and you see that Jesus is waiting for you there. How does your meeting with Him look like (your prayer), what are you doing?

What differences do you notice?

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 Mk 10,28-31

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 intentionsand actions may be directed purely to the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus talks with his disciples. See the place where they are, maybe they are sitting or standing. The entire conversation concerns the theme of entering the kingdom of God. At one moment Peter says that they – the disciples have left everything and followed their Master. Then Jesus probably says uneasy words that anyone who leaves their loved ones will receive a hundredfold more and eternal life in the future. See how the disciples receive these words. Be present in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire that Jesus be at the center of my life 

1. To leave house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for the sake of Jesus.

a. What does it mean to leave those who are close to us, whom we love? It seems that it is absurd and impossible. What can Jesus expect from you? What does this mean to you?

b. Each of us has different attachments, patterns, beliefs, the only true truth for everything, unordered feelings, which allows us to govern ourselves. It is so difficult to leave everything, change it, look differently, from a different perspective. Somehow, we often make ourselves prisoners of our various limitations. Why? What does this give you?

Jesus invites each one of us to freedom, that is, using the language of St. Ignatius to indifference (see SE 23), that is, in a mature and responsible way to choose in life what brings me closer to the goal of being fully in God and rejecting what distracts me from achieving this goal.What are you targeting in your life? Who or what is at the center of your life, your decisions?

2.     … receive hundredfold now in this age (…) and in the age to come eternal life. Although it seems that each of us should feel the great joy of this promise, for some reason it is not so easy to leave all that is mentioned in point 1. Why? Maybe one of the reasons is that it’s hard for us to stop for 10-15 minutes to see, realize what today I was given, what is the hundredfold that I got today? Now it is a good time for you to look at your past few days for a few minutes and see gifts from God, gifts you got from him. Start with the simplest ones: you can breathe, look, smile, walk … Thank Jesus for everything.

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)