J 6,30-35

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 intentions and actions may be directed purely to the praise and service of His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Capernaum, a settlement of several thousand inhabitants on the Sea of Galilee. Residents engaged in fishing, agriculture and trade. So, you can see boats, fishing nets, trade stands, somewhere in the distance people working in the field. People from Tiberias come to this town to meet Jesus.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my eyes open more to see signs (goods) I receive from Jesus

1.What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you?

Perhaps it is worth asking the question: did Jesus give signs that he was the Son of God, or did something happen in people that they could not see them?However, it seems natural to ask for signs. We need confirmation that we are loved, accepted, we need to feel that someone cares for us. It builds relationship and trust. The difficulty is that we want to receive this confirmation on our terms, which does not necessarily coincide with the possibilities and skills of showing it by the other person. So, maybe you need to broaden your perception, open your eyes more, become more sensitive to signs of intimacy of others. Maybe you need to focus on what you get and but not what you would like to receive from loved ones.Think about what signs you see from God who is alive, present all the time and through which he communicates with you, shows you his love?

2. Spiritual food.

Jesus speaks of himself as the Bread of Life, which everyone can enjoy. What is your spiritual food in your everyday life, what gives you strength to live (maybe some concrete prayer, maybe silence, maybe a conversation, maybe some book or walk …), especially during this pandemic?

3. Encounter.

Imagine that Jesus meets you and says: I am the bread of life. How do you accept these words, how do it resonate with 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)

 

J 3,7-15

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: Nicodemus meets Jesus at night. The meeting place can be a garden.

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

  1. You must be born from above.

This phrase is translated in two ways: “to be born again” or “to be born from above”. The first understanding underlines the radical transformation of life resulting from trust in Jesus, and the second means that spiritual life is a gift from God, not something you can earn (see New Testament for Moderators, Vocatio, page 226, footnotes).

Both understandings are consistent with each other. I accept my life as a gift because I trust Jesus and my trust and faith change my life. This change of life does not mean that you change your husband, wife, order or quit your job. Rather, it is a change in your way of thinking, perception of the world, your duties, your everyday life, other people and yourself. Quarantine time associated with a coronavirus pandemic can help verify your life, your values and priorities. You can experience the feeling of loss and pain of being born again. You may feel it is difficult to cross your comfort zone, but the birth ends with joy from a new life.What is in your life born again?

  1. … that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

God wants us to experience his love and eternal life now. Eternal life is knowing God and his mercy.

Pope Francis in Bull Misericordiae Vultus writes:

<<Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.>>

How do these words resonate in you? How do you experience God’s love and eternal life in the context of the above words?

3.Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Jesus comes to you, not to condemn you, but to give you salvation, to save you. Jesus is coming … meet 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)

 

J 13,21-33. 36-38

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: Last supper: see Jesus and his disciples during a meal. Imagine a table, what is on it, how Jesus sits and the disciples, maybe they are in reclining positions. Listen to their conversation.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the experience of Jesus’ love and presence  

  1. Reality.

a) In the Catholic Youth Bible, we read that Jesus was troubled in spirit.

Get into the atmosphere of this reality of Jesus.

b) Disciples are embarrassed, they do not understand Jesus’ words, maybe they are afraid of Jesus’ departure.

Jesus is guided by love in his actions, but love is demanding, not necessarily associated with only pleasant feelings. Disciples also do not know what the effect of their teacher’s departure will be. They are not able to comprehend at this moment, that the loss here is related to salvation, resurrection, and receiving the Holy Spirit, which is what allows them to live their lives more fully and experience the presence and love of Jesus even more. How much easier it would be for them to accept what happens if they knew what the future brings them. How you find yourself in it, how can you relate it to your life? Find examples when you thought that nothing good would happen to you, that you would not recover from the loss you experienced, but later it turned out and the sun was shining again and that a new good was created.During a pandemic, you may also feel that it won’t be as good as it was. Remember that Jesus is with you. You don’t know what might surprise you, or maybe you will surprise him with something? 

2. … the disciple whom Jesus loved (…) leaned on the chest of Jesus …

You are the disciple whom Jesus loves. Meet him as you need, 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)