Lk 12,35-38

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. (The Spiritual Exercises No.46)

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: See yourself expecting someone important to you, see the place where you are waiting.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to be mindful of God’s presence 

  1. Gird your loins and light your lamps …

This means that we should be ready to go. Basically, our whole life is on the way. It is important for us to know where we are going, what is the purpose of our way. Even if we go astray, we get lost for a moment, we know what way to go back to. Probably most of us today use GPS, at least when driving a car, and probably most of us have the experience of going in a different direction than it indicates. This is usually because the GPS directions were not read correctly. Then the navigation once again looks for the possibility of returning to the right way, and it is true that we reach the main route using other methods, different paths, but we do it.

Take it to your life. See what your GPS is, what is your way, what is your willingness to be on the way, and what is your perseverance and faithfulness on the way. What purpose does it lead you to?

  1. be like those who are waiting …

When we are sure of full acceptance by another person, then our waiting is calmer, we do not worry that something is still imperfectly done, but we are filled with joy of meeting. However, if we fall into the fear of the reaction of the other person and constantly improve something, clean and in fact we are closed of the meeting and it is difficult for us to feel real joy. So, we prepare the whole preparation for the arrival of the guest because of fear and but our love. Maybe we cannot hear a knock on the door because of our fear.

Consider in this context what it means for you:  to be waiting for. How are you waiting for a second person? What affects the way you wait? See also how are you waiting for Jesus? What relationship connects you with him, how do you feel in it? What is your waiting for Jesus? What do you want to surprise him with?

Lamps lit illuminate the space. They let us see what would be invisible in the dark. What is your lamp? What does it help you to notice? What God’s activities do you see through her?

  1. I expect you …

In today’s Gospel passage, we are talking about waiting for the second coming of Jesus. However, do we sometimes wait for Jesus in our everyday life, who is somewhere and to meet him we have to go to the Church (where he is too), or sometimes we do nothing and wait for some extraordinary miracle or sign that Jesus will confirm his presence? Maybe in your daily relationship with Jesus you don’t have to wait for him, just notice his presence, because he is waiting for you and he is happy if we allow him to meet us.

Notice how did you meet Jesus today.

See with your imagination that Jesus is waiting for you. What does his expectation look like, maybe he is preparing something for you? How will you respond to his waiting?

 

  1. One of the experiences of God’s presence in Ignatius’s life after conversion.

After the above-mentioned temptation, he began to feel notable changes in his soul. Sometimes he was so dejected that he found no enjoyment in the prayers he recited, not even in attending Mass, or in any other form of prayer. Sometimes the exact opposite happened to him, and so suddenly that it seemed he had stripped away all sadness and desolation, just as one strips a cloak from one’s shoulders. He was astonished at these changes, which he had never before experienced, and said to himself: “What kind of a new life is this that we are now beginning?”

Ignatius noticed the coming of God in this change, God who always was, is and will be.

 

 

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)

 

Lk 11,37-41

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 Gospel scene of Jesus’ meeting with the Pharisees or see your meeting place and your meeting with Jesus.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: about an encounter inside me- in my sanctuary, where I am. Alone with God whose voice echoes in my depths. (CCC 1776)

 

  1. The outside and the inside.

Jesus quite strongly accuses the Pharisee of taking care of the outside of his life and neglecting his interior. Probably the Pharisee was overly concerned about what Jesus called the outside of the cup. The whole envelope of his behavior, too much care for his image, about religious practices could create the illusion of a good life for the Pharisee and distract him from what is more important: his motivation, desires, what is happening inside him.

Take a look at your exterior: your gestures, your behavior. Ask yourself what they are for, and what their effects are seem in your daily life. They may be good and necessary. Sometimes they are an expression of what is internal, sometimes they are the beginning of internal changes.

Look at your inner side: your thoughts, desires, which are a kind of strength, energy that moves us to Life. God can come to us in our desires. It is important to read them, what they say to me, what they say about me. We get to know ourselves through our desires. Look for your desires, do not run away from them, see where they lead you to.

Remember that both the external and the internal is to lead you to the Fullness of Life in God here and now.

 

  1. The Pharisee was amazed …

I suppose we could say that the Pharisee was disappointed in Jesus’ attitude because he did not fulfill his expectations: he did not wash his hands before eating. We like to have expectations both for ourselves and for God, and for other people. If they are not fulfilled, we feel frustrated and disappointed. But does the other person really have to fulfill them? Think about your expectations, what happens in you, if someone does not meet them, you do not meet them, what do they lead you to?

 

3. From A Pilgrim’s Journey, The Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola (p.64,77) to your reflection:

He ate no meat, nor did he drink wine, though both were offered him. On Sundays he did not fast, and if someone gave him wine, he drank it. And because he had quite meticulous in caring for his hair, which was according to the fashion of the day – and he had a good crop of hair – he decided to let it grow naturally without combing, cutting, or covering it with anything either during the day or night. For the same reason he let the nails of his feet and hands grow, since he had also been overly neat with regard to them. (…) It was likewise in Manresa – where he stayed for almost a year, and after experiencing divine consolations and seeing the fruit that he was bringing forth in the souls he was helping – that he abandoned those extremes he had previously practiced and began to cut his nails and hair.

 

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)

 

LK 10,38-42

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 at the home of Marta and Maria. Marta is dealing with various home tasks, preparing a meal for the guest. Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus. And what are you doing in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the experience of being present in the Presence

 

  1. … burdened with much serving

Jesus is a guest at the home of Martha and Mary. Martha, as a hostess, is absorbed in various activities which, in her opinion she should serve as the best possible way to welcome Jesus. Mary sits and listens to Jesus. Probably Martha also listens, but her attention to what Jesus says is limited, because she divides her attention between other activities. Each of them shows love to Jesus in their possible way at a present moment. Jesus shows Martha that the better way to be with Him is to give up other things at this moment and be fully with Him. It is different to be with someone when, during a conversation or meeting, our thoughts are in the future or in the past, when we deal with various matters, and different when we fully devote ourselves to the conversation. The other person often just needs our presence and being heard. We often hurt ourselves by not listening carefully to someone, because when we partially hear, we add to what we haven’t heard, and this can completely change the sense of what the other person is saying. Notice in this passage that Jesus is not telling Martha that she is doing wrong. We can say that the clumsy attempt to love is the beginning of Martha’s transformation (cf. Jn 11: 17-27). What is your love for your loved ones? How do you show it? What is your mindfulness of the other? How do you show love for Jesus? How does love of others and God transform you? How does your love transform others? What is your presence? What helps you and what hinders you from being present here and now?

 

  1. One thing.

Many things are often in our thoughts, we need to do many matters, we are drawn to many reports, and we are very disturbed. However, there is one that gives me peace that makes me know why and for what I live. God, for whom the most important thing is me, not my failures and successes, but me. What is God’s place in my life, what is His one place (I am not asking about the rank of first, second or third place, but is there a place that is only His and what is it)? What’s your one thing?

 

  1. Your presence and mindfulness.

Jesus comes to your home. Be present in the Presence 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)