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)