Meditation J 6,30-35

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: Capernaum, a settlement of several thousand inhabitants on the Sea of Galilee. Residents engaged in fishing, agriculture and trade. So you can see boats, fishing nets, trade stands, somewhere in the distance people working in the field. People from Tiberias come to this town to get Jesus. They are looking for him. They make a conversation with Jesus, ask questions – listen. Find yourself in this scene, maybe you also want to participate in this conversation.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: I ask for my desire  to trust Jesus more

  1. Signs.

People who were looking for Jesus probably expected his signs greater than those which the Israelites received from Moses. So they ask: what more Jesus can give them than bread from heaven. These signs are to convince them to believe in God.

It is worth considering why they need probably bigger signs to believe. What is it about them that the very presence of Jesus is an insufficient sign for them to believe. So what are their expectations and what do them allow to satisfy expectations to believe in God.

We also look at each other: what signs do I need and why, to enter into a deeper relationship with God? People who live with each other, connect their ties, communicate their presence through different signs, which maybe it is sometimes easier to see than those that come from God. What signs can I see from God who is alive, present all the time and through which he communicates with me?

2. Spiritual food.

Jesus speaks of himself as the Bread of Life, which everyone can enjoy. What is your spiritual food in your everyday life, what gives you strength to live (maybe some concrete prayer, maybe silence, maybe a conversation, maybe some book or walk …)?

3. Encounter.

Imagine that Jesus asks you: what should I do to help you to be in a closer relationship with me? What will you answer?

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)

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