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: Jerusalem during the Passover. There is probably a crowd of people there. At night the Pharisee Nicodemus comes to Jesus, who maybe is in a house. He does not want to be noticed by other people. He wants to talk to Jesus. Listen to the conversation, listen to Jesus explaining what it means to be born from above. Where are you in this scene?
Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my openness to the Holy Spirit.
1. Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In the gospel of St. John to be born again has 2 meanings:
a. it is a radical transformation of life as a result from my trust in Jesus. If I love someone, I want to change for that person. I want to create the greatest possible space in me for this person. I want to get to know him, so I can give him what I have the best. The person stands at the center of my life and I can always find time for him.
So, what is your space for Jesus? What does your transformation of life look like – what exactly is changing as a result of your relationship with Jesus? Perhaps this transformation is done in small steps, but it leads to more change!
b. it is a spiritual life, that is a gift from God. It is a gift, so you do not have to earn it. All you have to do is to discover this gift and accept it. There is one more thing – it’s worth taking care of this gift, so that it wouldn’t waste. It is worth using it.
What is the spiritual life for you? How do you discover it? How do you develop your spiritual life?
2. The spiritual life comes like the wind – the Holy Spirit, when it wants and leads where it wants. The Holy Spirit comes every day, also in an unexpected way. He helps in making everyday effort, but also invites you to some kind of spontaneity – changing your habit, your old ways of being, openness to new – if this new leads to a greater Good. The Holy Spirit always leads to God, but in different way. Everyone has a different sensitivity, a different life story, so the way must be right – the best for that one person.
What freedom do you have to submit to the Holy Spirit (in order not to confuse action of the Holy Spirit with our subjective feeling, it is worth objectification it with a wise person, spiritual director, confessor …)? What is the burden on you that prevents you from following the breath of the Holy Spirit? What dare you give up this burden and what can help you with this? Think about how you will feel when this burden is no longer in you, but in its place will be a freedom filled with the Holy Spirit.
3. God wants each one of us to have eternal life, experience it here and now. Our task is to share this experience with others. The eternal life is the fullness of life, it is a life with God now. What today, in what conversations, meetings, in what events do you see the action of God? Thank God for it.
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)