As I begin, I become aware of the Lord present with me, looking upon me with love, desiring to speak to my heart.
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: Mary is on a long journey through the mountains to visit her cousin Elizabeth. She probably is very tired. She greets Elizabeth. They start talking. The words of today’s Gospel flow from Mary’s dialogue with Elizabeth. You can accompany them in the meeting.
Ask for the fruit of meditation: for deep joy, filling my heart with the encounter of God
Worship and thanksgiving.
Mary’s words in today’s Gospel are called a hymn of thanksgiving. Mary glorifies God for his action throughout her life, throughout the history of her life and of her ancestors. It can be said that with humility and trust she accepts and integrates everything she has experienced in her life, all the difficult moments and all the joyful moments, because in every piece of her story she was able to notice God’s action. Thanks to this, she could feel cared for by God, that is, loved by him.
Following an example from Mary, look at your life and see how God has guided you and continues to guide you. What great things has the Almighty done for you? What can you thank today?
…all generations will call me blessed…
Stop at the word BLESS. To bless someone is to wish someone good, to speak, to do good, and trust God that my wishes will be shared by the one I turn to with them. In the biblical sense, blessing from God means prosperity, life in peace and health, that is, material and spiritual development.
Mary is therefore aware that she is created for a happy life, for the joy of living in God. She does not run away from it, she does not deny it, she herself talks about it in her Magnificat (praise). This testifies to her humble attitude, that is, to live in truth: she accepts that there are difficult spaces in life and those that give joy.
How are you living your life? How do you receive and understand God’s blessing on you
I invite you to create and pray your Magnificat as you can …
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)