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 a scene from the Gospel or a table in your home, where Jesus is sitting, maybe you and your loved ones.
Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my experience of God’s presence in my life
When one of those at the table with Jesus
Jesus is sitting at the table with his fellow diners. In the Gospel, we read many times about situations when Jesus visits people. He is with other people while eating, in conversation, just in their everyday life. It is his present in their lives. Likewise, Jesus is present in your life. Where do you see Jesus present in your life?
With his attitude, Jesus teaches us to be with another person, he teaches us to be in relationships. What is your awareness of your loved ones, how do you listen to them, how are you with them?
We see two groups of people – one who was invited earlier to the feast and the other who was spontaneously invited. The first on the day of the feast refuses to come, trying to rationalize its decisions, and the second, which accepts the invitation and goes to feast.
Which attitude is closer to you and in what situations: those invited earlier or the poor and handicapped?
…make people come in that my home may be filled.
God wants a house full of people, he wants to entertain each of us, and therefore he invites each of us to a feast, that is, to the celebration of Life. This celebration can take place when we are fully present in the here and now. Living in the past or the future does not allow you to touch the present moment, then it is either a life of memories or dreams. How do you answer God to that invitation? How do you experience Life?
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)