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 among the disciples. Try to see and hear what advice Jesus is giving to his disciples before sending them to preach the Word of God. Maybe you are also in this group …
Ask for the fruit of meditation:for my greater trust in Jesus
1. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Once again, we hear how Jesus invites us to go: Go on your way! The second sentence may have quite a threatening overtone for us and may be associated with sending us to extermination. However, it is a very human view, because God, as a loving Father, certainly does not want it. So, let us consider who or what the wolves may represent, assuming that the sheep are those who want to be close to Jesus. Perhaps wolves are a symbol of something dangerous, difficult for us, and perhaps Jesus gives us a clue not to avoid such encounters because they are not so dangerous as they appear to us. Perhaps we should take the trouble of talking to people who think differently than us, whose faith is different from ours, whose lives are completely different from ours. Perhaps we should meet with them to testify to Christ with our attitude, it is mean to accept these people as they are.
How do you accept people with whom you have difficult relationships?
2. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way.
Not carrying money bags, sandals, sacks with you means you should not become attached to everything that gives you a sense of security, e.g. money, housing, car, my beliefs, patterns of action and various other things without you start to feel insecure. Not greeting anyone can mean not being emotionally attached to people, because greeting is the beginning of creating relationships. Of course, the point is not that we cannot have all these things or emotional ties, but that we do not make our being dependent on to be or not to be. So that all these attachments do not become my idol, do not become my life limitations, but that I remember that everything I have should lead me to the greater good. Because then I start to learn more and more to trust God, that Hel gives me everything I need to I can live another day.
What are your attachments, what do they occupy in your life? How do you build your trust in God?
3. Into whatever house you enter, first say, Peace to this household.
Jesus invites you to bring peace where you are, among your loved ones, to seek what connects you with others.
What do you bring to your relationships, what do you give to your loved ones?
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)