Meditation J 15,1-8

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: Imagine a vine bush: stem, twigs, fruit. See how big it is, what color it has, what color the grapes have. Each branch, so that it can grow, draws the juice from the main stem. Look how this juice spreads to every branch, and every branch that has reached the juice grows and begins to bear fruit. Note, too, dry branches, withered to which the juice did not reach. They have no fruit. Look at the entire vine, which, thanks to the branches that draws the juices from it, becomes bigger and more beautiful.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the courage to submit to the process of purification, so that we can do more goods for God’s glory 

1.Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

a) First notice that Jesus abides in you, he is in you. You do not have to strain, do nothing to let him be. He is. How do you experience his presence in yourself? How does the awareness of the presence of Jesus affect you, what you do, say, move? How do you feel with Jesus who is in you?

b) Jesus in this passage speaks of love as mutual abiding in itself: the bush nourishes twigs, which, thanks to this, can bear fruit. Love consists in mutual sharing, namely that the loving person gives to the beloved what he/ she has … (Saint Ignatius of Loyola). Look deep inside yourself: what gifts do you have, what is your wealth? Look for yourself in what you can share with others (you cook tasty, you can repair things, you can listen, smile nicely …). What today will you share with your loved ones? How will you show them love?

2.God every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.

Every branch needs cleaning, this will allow it to draw more life-giving juices from the bush, and thus even more fruit. What spaces in you require purification, ordering? Perhaps it seems to you that the change will disturb your security, maybe other fears stand before consenting to purification (what?). See, however, what you can gain thanks to the process of purification. Imagine how this cleansing creates new places in you, better juices, more valuable ones, thanks to which you will feel happier and give more fruit. Thank to fruits, you enable others to know God, his goodness, beauty. So, let’s take a chance and purify yourself.

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

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: See cities: Chorazin – located in the mountains of the northern Galilee, about 3 km from Capernaum and Bethsaida – a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. In these cities, Jesus dwells, walks, teaches, and does miracles. Although Jesus spends a lot of time there, people behave as if he did not exist, as if they did not know him. Be present in this scene, maybe you are with Jesus, and perhaps among the inhabitants of these cities.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the courage to convert to be closer to God 

1. Woe to you …

a) In Chorazin and Bethsaida Jesus performed the most miracles, but the inhabitants of these cities did not repent. Jesus’ activity did not cause changes in these people. So, what would Jesus have to do to make these people change their lives?Perhaps we sometimes think that if Jesus did something special in our lives, then our faith would look completely different. So how? And what miracles do you need? Or do you need more to see what Jesus does in your life, his presence in your daily life? Look at your life, your day – where and how do you notice the presence of Jesus?

b) Jesus says that Tyre and Sidom would be converted sooner. What could make these more sinful cities convert faster than these seemingly good ones?Is it also difficult for us to convert, or change our thinking? Is it not sometimes that when we go to the Church every day, we pray five times a day, we think about ourselves in an idealized way, deviating from the truth? Change can occur only when we can see our real self – our good and difficult sides and accept them. Only then changes would be possible. Look inside yourself and see what is good, what is your potential, and what is difficult, unwanted. For everything, you will discover thank Jesus.

2. Change.

Think about the change you need to live a fuller life in God, to experience his love more and share it with others. Change can mean doing something more or less, doing something else, or stopping. What is your change? Let yourself experience this change in the near future.

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 9,32-37

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 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 and his disciples walk around the cities and villages and he teaches in synagogues. He also heals people. One day, people bring a mute person from whom Jesus throws out a demon. This man begins to speak, to hear. Everyone who watches this miracle is very surprised. Maybe you are also present in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the experience of God’s love 

1.Relation with Jesus.

In the meditated passage of the gospel, Jesus is presented as a miracle worker whose activities include healing people. In those historical realities in Palestine it was thought that all illnesses are the result of satanic possession. Hence, healing often involved throwing out an evil spirit. Probably also people living at that time needed very real miracles, signs to believe in God. But did such relationship with people? Why do we want constant healings? Perhaps it results from the fear of physical death, which is a certain stage in our lives. Maybe it is worth striving for a more loving relationship with God that is life-giving, lasting than ever asking for another miracle of healing (though the desire to be healthy, rich is natural and it is good in itself, but it can not be the first motivation in our relationship with God)?What is your relationship with God, what do you expect from it?

2. A plentiful harvest.

There is very little time in Palestine for the harvest because of the weather conditions. Hence there was a need for many workers to be able to collect all the fruits and yields. Refer it to your life. Let this field from which you need to collect fruit be your day. How often can we hear that the day has passed through the fingers, time is running out? Think about what is your harvest? How do you find time to collect the harvest? If you do not find, what can you do, what changes can you make in your day to find it? 

3. Jesus had compassion for people.J

esus, seeing the lost, wounded people, compassions for them, shows his love, does not tell them that they are losers. Today, look at yourself and others with gentleness and love. If you want – do something good for your and your loved ones.

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 8,23-27

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 Galilean lake has the shape of a pear. It is large and deep and surrounded on two sides by mountains. On this lake, see the boat in which Jesus is with his disciples. Jesus is asleep, the disciples can fish, maybe they talk. Suddenly, the wind begins to break, it starts to rain, thunder and lightning are heard. Disciples panic, begin to wake Jesus and cry out to do something because they die. Jesus calmly gets up and calms down the storm, there is silence. Be a participant in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trust in Jesus

  1. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves, but he was asleep.

A great storm breaks out, it seems that the water falls into the boat, the wind tilts the boat from one side to the other. Is it really possible to sleep in such conditions? But Jesus is sleeping. Maybe this storm was not so violent, maybe there was no real threat? Perhaps only disciples perceived the current situation as threatening their lives? Maybe this storm was in fact the proverbial storm in a glass of water?

What are your storms? How do you perceive them, do you feel? God also comes to you in the storm, what do you notice the meaning, the sense of your life storm?

2. Then he got up and rebuked the winds and sea; and there was a dead calm.

It seems that one can say that, as Jesus operates, there is profound silence. There are no fireworks there, his activity is not spectacular, miracles do not happen in the human sense. Jesus does not need to create a spectacle, be applauded. He comes in silence and rather restores normality, helps in undertaking everyday tasks and duties. Maybe his coming to the rescue is different than what you expect?

What kind of intervention do you expect from Jesus? Note these situations when Jesus does not act in your life without publicity. Where and how do you see his action? What – what events – teach you trust in Jesus?

3. What sort of man is this?

Meet Jesus as much as you can. Maybe he will ask you a question: who am I to you? What will you 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)