Meditation Mt 7,6.12-14

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 wide and narrow gate. The narrow gate leads to the Kingdom of Heaven, the wide gate is an exile to eternal longing for God. What do the gates look like, what are they made of? Jesus is waiting for those who come at the narrow gate. See how he helps people to remove unnecessary baggage and walks them through a narrow gate. Be present in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for an encounter Jesus

1. In everything do to others as you would have them do to you …

It seems easy. We want to get good ourselves, so we have to give good to others. Why does it sometimes hardly comes to us? What is happening in me, that sometimes it is easier for me to speak unpleasantly to the other person than with kindness? What drives me in my friendships?

Maybe it’s worth you to look at yourself first, maybe here is the answer to the above question. So look how you treat yourself? What do you wish? How much and what kindness do you have to yourself? And then think about: what kind of goods will you give to another person? What does she  / he need? What do you want to give her/ him?

2. Fot the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life …

Is it possible for God to create a gate through which it will be difficult to get to heaven? Is it possible that he would want only a few men to come to him? The answer is obvious: no! God wants every human being to be immersed in Life so that every human being can experience what is life-giving and that everyone can meet with God-Father who is waiting for a human being.

What can happen that this gate becomes too small to pass? It seems that the most probable thesis is that the baggage with which we want to go through this gate is too big. What can we carry in it? Well, everything that is related to material, our financial, material and what is associated with our emotional and mental world: beliefs from childhood: I have to deserve, I have to do the job perfectly to let others accept me, I have to … See, what is your baggage, what do you wear in it? What do you want to leave?

3. Fortunately, there is good news: Jesus is waiting for you and he can help you pass this gate. Meet with Jesus, maybe just near the narrow gate. Perhaps now he will help you unpack your baggage and guide you through this gate … let him do it.

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 5,43-47

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 in Galilee. Perhaps he is on one of the mountains, fewer it is a beautiful view of the area. See the lake, fields, meadows. There are a lot of people on this mountain. Everyone is listening to what Jesus says. Today, he explains to people what love to another person is about. Listen …be present in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the ability to love others more

1. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

a) First, I encourage you to think about who you call your enemy or persecutor. Is it not so often that we regard our enemy as someone, who disagrees with us, has a different opinion from us, has different political and religious views? Or is he who does not answer with a smile to our smile, respond to our request negatively, who does not meet our expectations? Is he really an enemy? Or is the right of another person to be different than us, is the right of another person to his desires, to his views, beliefs, isn’t it?

Who is your enemy and why are you calling him an enemy?

b) Look at yourself: who are you for yourself: your enemy or friend? How do you treat yourself, what do you think about yourself? God looks at you as his most beautiful and beloved child. Look at yourself with the eyes of God, as you can.

c) The word love has been used in today’s pericope in the sense of agape love. This means that it is not feelings that we identify with love, but it is rather specific actions. To love the enemy means  to want him good, not revenge. You do not need to feel lofty feelings in yourself for the person from whom you have suffered, it is very difficult, but after passing the time of forgiveness, come to the point where you can say with full inner consent that you wish this person good.

Revise your understanding of words to love your neighbor.

2. … for he makes his sun rise on the evil  and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

From these words it follows that there is a place on earth for everyone. Every man is God’s creature and God loves everybody. He gives the same good to each of his love. Look at the reality that surrounds you as a certain unity in which there is a place for every human being, in which there is a place for difficult and pleasant feelings, in which there is a palce for good and unpleasant events. It may be worth merging, combining what seems difficult to accept, accepti…

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 10,7-13

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 and their disciples travel the road from city to city. Then Jesus begins tells his disciples that their task is to proclaim the Good News. However, they are not allowed to take with them any means of payment, bags or additional tunics. See how disciples accept it? Maybe you’re with them too.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trust in Jesus

1.Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, ot two tunics …

Jesus sends disciples to preach the Word of God. He does not allow them to take extra bags with them or care too much about gold or other means of payment. Why? Why is Jesus calling for poverty and what is it? Is it sometimes a concern for material security, psychological, that does not stop us from seeing the goal to which we should strive? The more we accumulate, the more we protect it. The more we stick to our thinking patterns, our limiting beliefs, our fears the more our bags become and the less attention we can give to God. So it is not about getting rid of everything, but in order to have freedom that will allow us to first of all care for the purpose of our journey and thus go beyond our own comfort zone.

What is your luggage, what do you wear in it? Get out of what hinders you from establishing closer and closer relations with God, with others.

2. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peacetime upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 

a. Jesus tells his disciples to greet the house they enter. It can be said in a modern language that disciples are to wish well and then its inhabitants will receive peace, that is, a sense of deep security, trust and joy. Think about what your greeting words mean, good morning, welcome -with what intention do you say them? How does it affect your message and reception by another person? What does your greeting cause in another person: peace or anxiety?

b. Sometimes, although we give a broadly understood peace to someone, or we receive it ourselves, we can not accept it. This peace can be a good word, praise, compliment …  a gift from another person. What bothers you and what helps in accepting this gift? What is your openness and courage to accept it? What courage do you have in yourself to give such gifts to someone?

3. In the Gospel Jesus sends his disciples to proclaim the Good News. Today, now Jesus asks you to bring this Good News to your loved ones, those whom you will meet today. What specific tasks (it does not mean unattainable or spectacular, it can be a smile to someone, it can be an acceptable look, maybe a good meal …) Jesus invites 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 J 17,1-11a

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 staying with the community of disciples around Jerusalem. After a long teaching, Jesus begins to pray to God the Father. Listen to this prayer, be present in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to know God

1. … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

a. Jesus gives an explanation of what eternal life is all about. It is know God and Jesus Christ. What does know mean? In the online dictionary of the Polish language, the word to know is translated as: to get a message about something, to understand something as a result of observation or direct experience. Looking at the above explanations, think about how you get to know God, how do you know him? What is your experience of God, how does it allow you to understand God more and more, his actions in your life?

b. Look at your relationship with other people: how do you recognize him? How do you understand the other person, her/his world, her/his perception of reality? What is your openness to accepting other people’s otherness?

2. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.

Jesus says how he shows glory to his Father – by doing what the Father gives him. Therefore, we also show glory to God, when we fulfill his will, we perform our duties, we accept our everyday life, we accept another human being. We do not run away from the hardships, uncomfortable relationships, the monotony of the day, but we seek what brings us closer to God.

In this context, think about how you show God the glory.

3. The whole fragment of the mediated pericope is the prayer of Jesus. In this prayer Jesus intercedes for his disciples: I am asking in their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the word, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. Jesus also prays for you. Read this sentence by inserting your name: I am asking in (put your name here) behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the word, but on behalf of (put your name here) whom you gave me.

What do you feel, what this prayer of Jesus awakens in 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)