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 stays with his disciples in the Upper Room all the time and prepares them for his departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. See the Upper Room, look at Jesus and the disciples. Feel the atmosphere of this place, those moments of farewell to Jesus. Be in the upper room with the disciples and Jesus.
Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would be able to accept the reality in which God comes to me
… it is better for you that I go.
Today, we consider again Jesus’ farewell speech and hear how Jesus prepares his disciples for his departure. Jesus goes away, in a sense way he gives a space the Holy Spirit and gives a space the disciples to become independent. Yes, he will be all the time, but not in such an easily visible way, the disciples will not be able to wake up their Master and say: Lord save us! and receive direct help from him. Jesus revealed to the disciples everything he got from the Father, so the disciples have everything to be able to live.
It seems like an invitation from Jesus to take responsibility for their life, to be independent. Perhaps this is where the disciples pay more attention to the departure of Jesus than to the coming of the Advocate, and perhaps they pay more attention to the sadness than Jesus’ departure. They must take their lives into their own hands, of course in union with Jesus, who is and will be present with them, but in a different way. Disciples must understand and embrace reality fully, with what they lose and gain, with what is difficult for them but which will allow them to live fully. Staying in sadness may be easier than seeking hope and seeing joy. Living in some despair, sadness can justify stagnation, some kind of doing nothing. And looking for solutions to what is good forces you to act in some way, to break away from your old thinking, beliefs and patterns.
Think about your responsibility for your life, what it is, how you live it, how you find the fullness of life to which Jesus invites you. What are your attachments that block you from experiencing all the emotions, the difficult and the pleasant ones, from seeing the shadows and bright sides of yourself, that is, from accepting the full reality, that is, living fully in God?
Look at Jesus again. He prepares his disciples for his departure. They must be very important to him. He doesn’t want to leave without saying goodbye. He may also experience his departure, and he may have become attached to them. Think what Jesus’ departure meant for Jesus, what he might have felt when he said goodbye to his disciples.
not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
Jesus tells his disciples that none of them asks him where he is going. Getting to know the truth requires asking questions. Faith requires questions. Our life requires asking questions. Here our curiosity can vent, here it can be put to good use. How many misunderstandings in relationships there are because we do not ask questions, but only guess and expect that others will also guess. They won’t guess! They don’t have to and we don’t have to guess either. It is worth accepting it. Think what questions do you have in yourself, what answers do they need – from whom? What questions do you want to ask Jesus today?
Also ask yourself: where am I going, what is my goal, what gives meaning to my life, what makes me want to get up and live the day?
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)