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: Capernaum, a settlement of several thousand inhabitants on the Sea of Galilee. Residents engaged in fishing, agriculture and trade. So, you can see boats, fishing nets, trade stands, somewhere in the distance people working in the field. People from Tiberias come to this town to meet Jesus.
Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my eyes open more to see signs (goods) I receive from Jesus
What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you?
Ask yourself questions: did Jesus not give signs that he was the Son of God, or was something happening in people that they could not see them? and what was their trust in Jesus?
Each of us needs specific signs confirming that I am loved, accepted, that someone cares for me. It builds a relationship and trust, although creating a close relationship is very difficult. We have our wounds, we are afraid of another injury from a loved one. We distance ourselves, we move away where we feel safer. Closeness always carries the risk of injury. However, by moving away, we are not able to heal our wounds and we are not able to take full advantage of closeness, and thus also we are not able to see the signs of another person taking about love for us.
Think about how do you build relationships, how far are you from God and your loved ones? Think about what signs you see from God who is alive, present all the time and through which he communicates with you, shows you his love?
I am the bread of life.
Jesus speaks of himself as the Bread of Life, which everyone can enjoy. What is your spiritual food in your everyday life, what gives you strength to live (maybe some concrete prayer, maybe silence, maybe a conversation, maybe some book or walk, movement…), especially now during a pandemic that has been going on for over a year?
Imagine that Jesus meets you and says: I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. How do you accept these words, how do it resonate with you?
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)