Meditation Lk 9,51-56

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 picture from the Gospel: James and John go to a village to find a place to rest for Jesus. Residents renew places everywhere. The disciples are nervous and tell Jesus about this situation. Be in this scene, look at her closely.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would be able to accept another person

  1. Prepare your stay.

Jesus sends his disciples to a Samaritans village to prepare for his stay. So, before he reaches, he wants his disciples to go first and prepare a place for people to receive Jesus. Maybe Jesus today wants to tell us that instead of acting so radically, it is better first to prepare the place for Jesus with all respect for man and his views, and not force him to accept Jesus. What can this preparation involve? Well, maybe when we first show kindness and acceptance for others, smile, wish for a beautiful day … do small gestures that will make the other person feel welcomed by us.

Look how you prepare a place for Jesus where you are.

  1. He was not accepted, however.

Disciples find no one willing to receive Jesus. He has accepted this situation. He gives freedom. He does not want to be accepted by force, he does not want to violate human freedom. What readiness do we have in us that other people can say no to me, that they have a different opinion than me, that they profess other values than me, that they have the right to live their lives and not according to my principles and rules?

What freedom do you give to others, what freedom do you give to yourself?

  1. For reflection from Ignatius of Loyola:

For example, during a trip to Montserrat Ignatius met Moor, with whom he talked about the virginity of Mary. He did not agree with him, he even wanted to stab him. The mule, on which he traveled, saved the case. Ignatius then said to himself: if the mule took the highway and not the village road, he would then let the Moor go. And he did just as he decided. (Autobiography, p.58-59). The mule chose the highway, so Moor survived.

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 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 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 image from the Gospel as Mary and relatives come to Jesus and because of the crowd they can not see Him immediately. Be present in this scene

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would notice changes in myself and in my life

  1. standing outside, wanting to sees you

Reading today’s Word you can feel some disagreement, maybe even anger at the way Jesus treated Mary and his relatives. It would seem that loved ones should have priority in meeting him. Perhaps Mary and relatives were surprised by this situation. Perhaps they looked at Jesus differently. This distance that was kept could help them in this. Sometimes you need to look at yourself, others, different situations from a distance to see what is imperceptible when we are too close. We can see something different when we look at the meeting of two people from the outside and something else when we participate in it, we see something different when we look at the clothes on the hanger and when we wear them. Sometimes you have to move away from yourself, from others, from different things, to be able to miss and want to meet again. Maybe stand today some distance to yourself, your loved ones, to God: what do you see from this perspective? What changes do you notice?

  1. The crowd.

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 also interferes with meeting yourself and reading your desires. This crowd can be our obsessive thoughts, fears, our beliefs, patterns, our pursuit of work, of duty. What is the crowd that hinders you from meeting Jesus?

Jesus does not chase away the crowed. What are you doing with the crowd? Maybe it needn’t be an obstacle … Meet with yourself, with your feelings and desires. Meet Jesus.

  1. About changing to your reflection from Ignatius of Loyola (A Pilgrim’s Journey, p.52-52):

Ignatius told his brother: “You are aware, my Lord, that the Duke of Najera knows that I am again well. It would be good for me to go to Navarrete.” (…) His brother led him from room to room and with much love for him pleaded with him not to throw his life away, but to acknowledge the great hopes people had placed in him and to see what he could make of himself. These and others similar arguments were all directed to dissuade him from his good desire, but without departing from the truth, for he was now very scrupulous about that, he answered in. a way that enabled him to leave his brother.

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: See the scene from the Gospel – Jesus calling the apostles. You can also imagine people who came to Jesus to heal them. Be present in these scenes, be a participant in the events.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to meet Jesus

1.Jesus went out to the mountain to pray

Jesus goes to the mountain alone to pray. Jesus has a special place to meet his Father. He also goes alone, which may indicate that it is important for him to meet alone with God. It seems that only during such a meeting two persons can gain the most intimate relationship, in which it is possible to get to know each other as deeply as possible.

Look for your special meeting place with God – not only outside but also in yourself, so that wherever you are you could experience the deepest encounter with God.

2.… all in the crowed were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

Everyone wants to touch Jesus because they believe that this touch will heal them of their diseases. It is not written, whether physical or mental diseases, or various injuries, which are also a disease that often hinders life in freedom and full joy. Touch can therefore be healing. Touch does not have to concern only its physical form. We often say that someone touched us with words and behavior. In this sense, touch usually has negative connotations. Touch can therefore be not only pleasant, but also painful. Sometimes touching our wounds is painful, but thanks to this touch they begin to heal. It can be painful when we treat cuts on the body, sanitize the wound, stitch, putt on and change the dressing, but it leads to healing of the wound. We can feel fear. We may also want to be touched to feel closeness, to allow ourselves to be healed by touch.

See, think about what touch you give others? How do you let others touch you? What does this touch change in you? How do you let Jesus touch you? What kind of touch do you want, what places in you need the healing power of touch?

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: Synagogue at Capernaum. See the place where people are standing, where they are sitting, where is the place to chair. Maybe you are there.

 

Ask for the fruit of meditation: . for the peace that Jesus gives

  1. Jesus teaches.

The word of Jesus is full of power and his teaching is astonishing. Why does what Jesus says amaze people? What amazes you? Why? What causes in you the Word that God addresses to you in the readings of the liturgy of the day, in silence, through other people, various events? What surprises you?

  1. The reaction of the possessed and the reaction of Jesus.

The healing that Jesus performs today takes place on the Sabbath. It is liberation for a possessed person, obtaining rest, which to open themselves to God again and thus gives rise to a new life. Take a look at Jesus’ reaction – to his peace, a very matter-of-fact action. He knows where the real source of Life is, where he is to seek strength. He knows that he is not focused on evil, but on his Father, in whom he finds strength and peace.

What is your life-giving source? Where do you get peace from?

  1. People’s reaction.

Look at people’s reactions. Which of them do you find yourself in? Or maybe you notice those that are not recorded in the Gospel and come to your consciousness?

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)