J 17, 1-11a

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 together with the community of disciples in the Upper Room. She looks up and starts praying to God the Father. Listen to this prayer, be present in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my  desire to know God

 

1.  … this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

I think we reflect on eternal life many times, often in terms of something that is still ahead of us. Today we hear a beautiful definition of this concept. Eternal life is knowing God and the One He has sent – Jesus Christ. It is getting to know Love and Life so that we can love more and live more fully. Eternal life is therefore a relational life, because only then it is possible to know the other person, only through direct experience can we know the other person. It is a process of opening up, discovering each other in order to be, trust and love more. In human terms, this carries the risk of rejection, but failure to take it deprives you of the opportunity to be fully enjoy of the good, the benefits of the relationship. God does not reject anyone, He is always open to every human being, He is gentle and constantly waiting for a human being. He has space for each of us. Therefore relational life  is also giving space to receive the other person and giving myself, giving space to curiosity about the one with whom I am creating a relationship.

Re-evaluate your concept of eternal life today. See how you get to know God, others, yourself, and how you let yourself know, what your relational life is like. You don’t have to judge, change anything, just see and realize it.

 

2. Interpenetration

Reading today’s Gospel text, one can get the impression of an immense unity between God and Jesus, a continuous, unbreakable bond: everything of mine is yours, and everything of yours is mine. The greatest intimacy, the interpenetration of two spaces, so that they can create unity. God is not somewhere, you don’t have to go away, look far. He is in you, in the space where you are now and, in every person, you meet. He everywhere and constantly wants to be one with you. Maybe you just sit down and be with Him now, where you are, as you can and want.

 

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)

 

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