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)

 

Lk 2,22-35

As I begin, I become aware of the Lord present with me, looking upon me with love, desiring to speak to my heart.

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: Mary with baby Jesus and Joseph come to the Temple. According to the law of Moses, they have to consecrate the firstborn son to God. There is Simeon, who is waiting for the Son of God, to whom the Holy Spirit has promised not to die until he sees the Messiah.

 

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trusting God and experiencing his love

 

  1. Holy Family.

The Holy Family faces various difficulties from the very beginning: the annunciation is a great surprise, difficult to accept for Mary and Joseph, her husband, who learns that his wife is pregnant and that he is not the father of the child; the moment of childbirth – they cannot find a place where Mary could give birth to a child; they have to run away to another country, to protect the child’s life. There are many other difficult moments, up to the death of Jesus on the cross, from a human point of view, a huge tragedy in the lives of each parent. It is likely that the Holy Family also experienced joyful events and had a pleasant time. Mary with Joseph, all these difficult and pleasant moments, eperienced with God, trusting him completely. This is their holiness. See how God guided them in their daily lives.

 

  1. Simeon.

He is a righteous and just man. The Holy Spirit promised him not die until he saw the Messiah. Simeon had his promise fulfilled. He recognized Jesus in the child brought by Mary and Joseph. It didn’t have to be easy, Jesus probably looked similar to the other children. Notice Simeon’s patience in waiting for the Messiah, and the deep faith and awareness that made him possible to recognize Jesus.

 

  1. The passing year …

I invite you to reflect on the ending year 2020:

a. Remind yourself the good moments of the ending year, good relationships, any good you have experienced. God was present in all of them. He gave all that good to you because he loves you. Thanks God for all good you have received.

b. Remind yourself difficult events, difficult relationships. Look at them from today’s perspective: how did you experience them, what good came out of them, what did you learn. In these difficult times, God was with you. Thanks God for them.

c.Look at the whole year: how has God guided you through this year? How did you take care of living your daily life with him and your relationship with him? What was your awareness of finding God in the other person, in yourself?

d.Think about one thing you want to improve in yourself, in experiencing your everyday life in order to live more fully in God.

 

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 1,46-56

As I begin, I become aware of the Lord present with me, looking upon me with love, desiring to speak to my heart.

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: Mary is on a long journey through the mountains to visit her cousin Elizabeth. She probably is very tired. She greets Elizabeth. They start talking. The words of today’s Gospel flow from Mary’s dialogue with Elizabeth. You can accompany them in the meeting.

 

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for deep joy, filling my heart with the encounter of God

 

  1. Worship and thanksgiving.

 Mary’s words in today’s Gospel are called a hymn of thanksgiving. Mary glorifies God for his action throughout her life, throughout the history of her life and of her ancestors. It can be said that with humility and trust she accepts and integrates everything she has experienced in her life, all the difficult moments and all the joyful moments, because in every piece of her story she was able to notice God’s action. Thanks to this, she could feel cared for by God, that is, loved by him.

Following an example from Mary, look at your life and see how God has guided you and continues to guide you. What great things has the Almighty done for you? What can you thank today?

 

  1. …all generations will call me blessed…

Stop at the word BLESS. To bless someone is to wish someone good, to speak, to do good, and trust God that my wishes will be shared by the one I turn to with them. In the biblical sense, blessing from God means prosperity, life in peace and health, that is, material and spiritual development.

Mary is therefore aware that she is created for a happy life, for the joy of living in God. She does not run away from it, she does not deny it, she herself talks about it in her Magnificat (praise). This testifies to her humble attitude, that is, to live in truth: she accepts that there are difficult spaces in life and those that give joy.

How are you living your life? How do you receive and understand God’s blessing on you

 

 3.Magnificat.

I invite you to create and pray your Magnificat 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)

 

 

Mt 21, 28-32

 

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 father and two sons in the apartment. The father tells his sons to go and work in his vineyard. One son answers affirmatively to his father’s request and the other refuses. Then they do exactly the opposite of their answers

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the experience that I am a beloved son / daughter of God

 

  1. My attitude.

Today’s Gospel speaks of obedience to God the Father. Both sons symbolize the disciples of Jesus to whom he announces the will of God. Tax collectors, prostitutes, or sinners who were considered alienated from God, rebelled at first, but later fulfilled God’s will. The leaders of the nation of Israel were considered those who are closest to God, know the commandments and the Holy Scriptures, but they did not confirm them by their actions, they rejected God’s will. God’s will is not only to accept the Gospel, but to adapt it to life: patient fulfillment of our duties, faithfulness to prayer, looking for greater good in our daily lives and the relationships in which we are. This passage clearly shows us that God is present not only in thoughts, theories, but most of all things in real facts. Thus, Love is shown more in deeds than in words (St. Ignatius of Loyola).

Who are you in the meditated scene? Which son are you? In what situations and relationships are you more like the first son and which are you more like second son? Why?

 

  1. Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.

These are God’s words to you today. How you accept them may depend on what image of God you carry in you: is he a judge who threatens you with a penalty, is he a thief who wants to take away your plans, is he a Santa Claus who is to fulfill your cravings, or an accountant who scrupulously writes down everything you do, whether is he the Merciful Father who loves his children and desires good and happiness for them, who extends his hand to you and is born in you every day? Going further, notice that your perception of your life, what God is inviting you to do, depends on this image. Religiousness, rituals, devotional mantle with which we can sometimes cover our true motivations also depend on this image of God the Father.

What image of God do you carry within you? Maybe today you need to verify it… to experience that you truly are his beloved son, beloved daughter.

 

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 1,26-38

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: See Palestine, the place, where we can see wars and unrests till today. Look at the northern part of this land. Find there the small-town Nazareth. There is a synagogue, a cemetery and a house made of clay. Miriam lives in this house. Miriam is probably about 14 – 16 years old. Try to see her face, how she looks like and see angel Gabriel. He comes to Miriam to say her news:  she will become the Mother of God.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the grace of openness to God’s invitation to Life and my responding to his invitation 

 

1. My conceiving.

God becomes a human being, because his desire is to be as close as possible to a man. He does it because of his love to people, to you. God wanted you and you were conceived because of the same Love. Think for a moment how amazing your birth was.

 

2. Meeting Miriam with angel Gabriel.

See the picture of this meditation: what does Miriam experience and what is feeling at the moment, when angel Gabriel is giving her inner knowledge, that she will become the Mother of God? After all, she is engaged to Joseph. What feelings in her are born? What desires has she in her heart? Listen to the conversation between Miriam and angel Gabriel. Allow yourself to be there and to participate in the event.

 

3. My plans.

God broke Miriam’s plan. She was in a situation that is probably completely incomprehensible to herself. She asked the Angel: How can this be …? God went in her everyday life, into her habits. It destroys her order of life. Miriam might feel anxious, might feel that she was losing her plans, her dreams, but she was not running away. Perhaps she believed that God came to her to give her life a new quality, to transform it and that is why she undertook this task.

Likewise, God comes into your life. Remember when God broke your plans. What? What did you feel then and how did you react? How did you respond to God? How did this affect your life? Sometimes we may not know at the beginning what a new, difficult situation leads us to, with time it turns out that it has a deeper meaning, acquires a new quality.

 

4. My conceiving today.

Your conceiving takes place every day, because every day you have a new chance to change yourself, to renew your relationship with yourself, with God, with your loved ones. How do you feel knowing that God is re-creating you, molding you, shaping you every day, wanting you to experience Life with Him more fully?

 

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 10,21-24

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 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 man, pay attention to the senses he/she has.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: to use my senses to recognize God’s action in me 

 

1. Blessed are the eyes that see what you see … and … hear what you hear…

a) Today Jesus appeals to our senses. This means that they are important in our life, they play an important role. Notice your senses, contact them: with your sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell, the sense of proprioception (the so-called deep feeling of your body, i.e. the sense that allows us, for example, to recognize the movement of our own limbs without eye control) and balance. What do your senses tell you about yourself, about your needs?

b) All senses help us see God’s action in our daily lives. How do they help you draw closer to God, and how do you see God working in you and in your life?

c) Stay silent, allow yourself to experience God’s Presence through your senses.

 

 2.  … you have hidden these thongs from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.

In The Bible, the word childlike is used about people who like children, want to learn, who are open, trusting, who follow the straight path to God, follow God’s love in their lives, look for what brings greater good, are faithful and consistent in following this path. the way. That doesn’t mean they don’t fall, but that they get up and go on.

Wise and prudent mean the wise, who in life are guided and trust their reason more than God. Jesus does not criticize the intellectual effort to get to know God, but the pride that they overly concern with themselves, glorify themselves and recognize their perception of their surroundings as the only and correct.

In which group do you find yourself? You can see yourself in both depending on the situation, day and mood. What is your way to live fully in God?

 

 3.  Jesus rejoiced ….

Jesus can be joyful. He derives this joy from his deep relationship with God. Therefore, it does not have to depend on external circumstances, but this external joy can also lead to a deep internal one.

See what gives you joy in your everyday life. Where are you looking for joy? Reflect on this also in the context of Advent, that is, the joyful expectation of Jesus’ coming. Maybe it is worth taking care of little joys for yourself and your loved at this time …

 

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 21,5-11

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 magnificent temple, adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God. Imagine how the temple looks inside and outside. Also, see the people gathered there, who admire its beauty. Maybe you are also among them.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: the desire to seek and find what brings me closer to God and gives me his joy

 

1. (…) the temple … was adorned with costly stones (…). All that you see here – the days will come when there will not be left a stone that will be thrown down.

a) Sometimes in our life we admire what is external and nourishes our eyes, that is, we stop at the stones of today’s gospel. This applies to all areas of our life: at home we fight for order, at work for praise and finances, in our spiritual life we grasp what gives strong emotional experiences, we like the great settings of the Holy Mass. In the context of the upcoming Christmas we will strive for beautiful home decor, tasty dishes, maybe gifts. Of course, all this is also good and necessary, but on one condition that it leads us to the depths, to greater union in God. If it doesn’t, we’ll be crushed like a temple. What do you care for in your life? With what do you fill the temple that you are, that is also your home, family?

b). In our interior, sometimes various walls must collapse, a stone must fall from a stone so that we can get closer and closer to a true image of God.

The above-mentioned collapses and façades may be difficult to accept and may not be understood at first. Only in retrospect do we begin to see the purposefulness of what happened in us. We begin to see how our interior is cleansed and the image of God that we carry within us is cleansed. Perhaps the most cleansing process for us is simply embracing and accepting life, the reality we experience every day.

 

  2.See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, “I am he”, and “The time has come.” Do not follow them!

In a commentary on today’s passage in the Holy Scriptures of St.Paul, we read: The great trap that threatens believers is believing false predictions about the end of the world. Christians in general should avoid all speculation on these topics. They should take a similar position in the face of emerging wars and natural disasters. They have always tormented humanity and their appearance cannot be treated as a sign that the end of the world is near.

So often we hear various prophecies about the end of the world, about the three days of darkness. We grapple with this by repeatedly coming into fear, which usually does not lead us to a relationship with God based on trust, love. Rather, we become children who fear the father’s punishment. God wants happiness for us. He wants us to have deep joy. What are you feeding in your life? Who and what are you listening to?

 

3. … do not be terrified.

Jesus is saying to you: do not be terrified! What are these words doing in you? What will you do to make each Advent day a joyful anticipation of the coming of the Lord who constantly comes to you at every moment?  

 

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 19,1-10

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 what the city of Jericho looks like. Jesus walks through the city. There is a large crowd. Maybe you’ll see Zacchaeus – a chief tax collector. Be present in the scene as you can

.Ask for the fruit of meditation: for knowing my desires, needs and meeting with Jesus  

 

1.  Zacchaeus wants to see Jesus.

The Greek translation says that Zacchaeus was looking to see Jesus. But he couldn’t see because of the crowd. What crowd prevents you from seeing and meeting with Jesus? What or who is it? Later in the passage we can read that the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that what was lost. So maybe it is worth seeing this crowd, find it in yourself and accept that you have it and reflect on: what is the crowd doing in me, what does it say to me? Accepting it is the first step to unite, save what is difficult in me and discover what I really need and want.

 

  1. Desires, needs.

What is desire? It is the pursuit of a goal that I consider valuable and positive for me. This is something I want very much. Desires concern our interests, passions and hobbies and standard of living. They are a source of joy, life-giving energy that stimulates us to live, to make decisions and take concrete actions. Desires are usually unsatisfied and new ones may arise all the time.

In psychology, need is defined as a permanent human quality consisting in the fact that, without meeting certain conditions, a person cannot achieve or maintain certain important states or goals. We can meet the needs at least for a while. Most of us probably know Maslow’s pyramid of needs, which includes physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging needs, esteem needs, and self-actualization. To these needs, psychology also adds transcendence needs.

We confuse them quite often. Both are important in our lives and God can speak to us through both, so be gentle with yourself if you cannot distinguish them.

a) See in the passage desires and needs of Zacchaeus and Jesus. What are their desires and needs? What differences do you notice about Jesus’ and Zacchaeus’ desires and needs? How does the realization of a desire and need change Zacchaeus?

b) Meet your desires and needs: What do I want? What do I look for in my life, in my everyday life? See all your desires, needs – don’t negate any. The shallower ones often lead to deeper ones. Take them all. How do I get involved and satisfy my desires and needs in my life? Meet your desires and needs also in the context of what Jesus says: today I must stay at your house.

 

 3. Meeting

Today Jesus says to you: today I must stay at your house. Receive him as you can, as you are and, in the place, you are. Meeting with Jesus changes everyone, how does it change you?

 

  1. Desires and Ignatius Loyola – for reflection.

Desires are very important for Ignatius. He realizes that sometimes a person may not want something good. Therefore, in the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus pt. 102, p. 72, he places the concept of desire’s desire: “If someone, because of our human weakness and misery, would not feel this kind of ardent desire in the Lord, he should be asked whether he at least feels desire to feel these desires. ”

How do you take care of your desire’s desire?

 

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)