Mk 2:23-28

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 passing with his disciples through a field of grain. Maybe they are talking together. During this journey, his disciples are picking the heads of grain.

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

 

1.The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.

Sometimes we forget about what we have received from God is to help us grow, so we often treat it as a burden. It happens when we treat faith as the letter of the law, i.e. very prescribed, strictly, restrictively, when we respect all commandments as a superior value. The Gospel Sabbath can change our thinking when we start to see our faith more as a relationship with God. This does not mean, of course, that regulations, rituals, and commandments are omitted by us, but that our faith is based more on trust, mercy, understanding. When I commit a sin, I trust in God that He still loves me and I know He will help me stand up.

What is my faith? Which faith am I closer to: the rigid, fundamental one, without exceptions, or the one based on trust, gentleness, closeness, and mercy? What enlivens my faith and what weakens? Which way do I want to go on the path of my faith?

 

2. Have you never

Jesus admonishes the Pharisees, who rebuke him that his disciples break the rules: they pick grains on the Sabbath! Jesus shows them that they don’t always do the right thing either.Somehow it is in our life that stricter and more restrictive we become to ourselves, the more we are to others. This does not mean that we will not make a mistake or sin, but that we look at ourselves in a very strict way and even after the sacrament of Confession, we feel guilty for a long time. We approach our loved ones in a similar way. We want them to be almost perfect, we expect it from them. Today Jesus says to each of us: be guided in your life by love, by greater good, that is by what brings me closer to God.Let’s look at ourselves before we judge someone, put a patch on before we say a hurt word. Maybe the first person who needs change and rebuke is me? Perhaps the admonition is: be kinder and gentle with yourself? Think, what one specific thing you can change in yourself just to become more and more kind and gentle to yourself and others, to become more and more like Jesus?

 

3.The Sabbath.

The Sabbath is a day of rest, a day without work, a day dedicated to God. What is your Sabbath?  

 

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)

Mk 1,21-28

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: On the sabbath, Jesus and his disciples came to Capernaum, the city situated on the Sea of Galilee, with several thousand inhabitants. There was a military garrison, a customs office and there was also a synagogue to which Jesus entered and began to teach people who were there. A man with un unclean spirit was also in the synagogue. Jesus commanded the unclean spirit to go out. People were surprised by what they saw and heard. Be present in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: let me notice and experience the power of Jesus in myself and in my life

 

1. My faith

St. Mark describes healings and miracles, which for the recipients of his Gospel were a sign of God’s action and God’s power, which allows them to speak in today’s language to deepen their faith and believe more and more in Jesus Christ – the only Lord.

What allows you to strengthen your faith in Jesus?

 

 2. …he taught them as one having authority… (…) It was A new teaching with authority.

Jesus taught as one who has authority, or as an authority, and his teaching was with power. Words have power means that they are not indifferent to us, they cause something in us, stimulate reflection, maybe they change our way of thinking and acting. So, it is important for us to listen, read God’s Word, listen to what Jesus says to me in prayer, because his word will work in me and transform me.

Notice which word of Jesus you have heard today has power for you, what does it make you aware?

Strength, the power of words is enormous. I think you probably many times had experiences of being hurt by other people’s words or being comforted by kind words. It is worth being careful what we say and how we say, that we should always consider the good of the other person.

What words do you use when you are talking to others? What are you guided by in these conversations?

 

3. The unclean spirit convulsed him …

Satan screams loud, he must be spectacular to be attractive, noticeable. God comes usually in silence, to the depths of your heart, he does it without shouting, he does not need publicity. God desires the relationship of love with you. A greater good should be its effect.

Seek and find God’s presence in your daily life, your relationships, in all things, those very simple like walking, looking, talking, tasting. Just sensitize all your senses.

 

4. All were amazed …

What does it amaze you? Do you allow yourself to be amazed or is there something blocking you from it? How do you amaze your loved ones, how do you amaze God?

What God has amazed you today, maybe during this prayer? 

 

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 1,43-51

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: imagine a fig tree under which Nathanael is standing, perhaps reading the Word of the Lord and thinking that he is invisible. Jesus is not far away, he is watching and seeing Nathanael.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: let me hear God, myself, and others

 

1.Follow me…; Come and see…

Jesus is meeting Philip on his way and saying to him: Follow me. Philip is going and meeting Nathanael, who doubts Jesus’ goodness. He is hearing the words of Philip: Come and see, and like Philip he goes on the road. They are going to meet Jesus. In this fragment, the invitation to be on the road resounds quite clearly. Jesus invites you to go on the road, not to stay still. Being on the road can concern our entire earthly life as a stage to life after death. It can also refer to our different spaces in our life: relationships, work, spiritual, emotional, goals that we set for ourselves. It seems that being on the road can be synonymous with our development and therefore can be associated with making decisions. Being on the road is more important than getting goals. It is important for us to know towards whom we are going, towards what greater good we are going. Both Philip and Nathanael made such a decision. Each of them, after being invited to the road, set off on the road.

What’s your way? To what and to whom are you going? What a way does Jesus invite you to in your everyday life? How do you respond to this invitation?

 

2.  Listening 

Philip and Nathanael heard Jesus’ invitation. It is extremely important to hear the other person, to hear God. While listening, my silence is needed, both internal and external. You can only truly listen when you don’t hold on to your point of view, when you allow yourself to see a different perception of reality than the one you have. Hearing others, God gives you the opportunity to discern more about your way to full life in God.How do you hear yourself? How do you listen to others and God?

 

3.How do you know me? …Before… I saw you …

Jesus saw Nathanael before Philip called him, as he stood under the fig tree and did not expect anyone to see him. Nathanael was surprised, amazed that Jesus had known him well before the described meeting.

What does it do in you, make you aware that Jesus knows you from the very beginning of your existence and knows well what you think, feel, what is happening inside you and that you are visible and important to him at every place and time?

 

 4. Calling

Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael as his disciples. The word calling may cause us some confusion, anxiety, questions: what is my calling, is it in accordance with God’s will? There are also greater callings: to life in marriage, priesthood, alone … and the smaller, equally important ones, which concern our everyday life, work and life in the place where we are. To be someone of calling is to do something passionately, in accordance with your desires and with the greater glory of God. It does not mean that we will not experience difficulties, that there will be no moments of doubt and discouragement, but it will not prevent us from feeling happy in what we do. Remember, that Even if you make mistakes, you can always get up and start over, for no one has the right to rob you of hope. (vs. Pope Francis, Christus Vivit, pt. 142)

Discover your desires… discover your daily callings in your relationships, at home, at work…

 

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)