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: Jesus is in Capernaum, across the sea. People on boats come to him. They are looking for Jesus. When they meet him, they are surprised that he is here. Hear Jesus’ conversations with people, his answers and explanations regarding the Kingdom of God. Hear the sound of the sea, touch the sand at the sea. Find a place for yourself in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my desire to draw strength from Christ – the only bread of life

1.What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?

We often need signs and confirmations that something is true. Not only in relation to God, but also in our human relations. Sometimes we hear or we say: if you like me, you love me  so  do it … or we charge: if I was important for you, you would definitely do something. We want confirmations. It’s so hard to trust others. Even to yourself. Why? Why is the fact of the presence of a second person not enough? What do you expect from others, what confirmations? What do you expect from God? What characters? Or maybe others, God give these signs, but they are not what you expect? What is your openness in yourself to recognize these signs and their acceptance, even if they are different than you would like?

2. I am the bread of life..

Jesus gives the world life. He came into the world, he became a man to teach us to live. So if he gives life to the world, as the bread of life, then we should give life to others. Our good word, searching for what it connects, extracting from other good, and not forbidding, sticking pins, pointing out mistakes is our giving life.

What is your daily spiritual menu? What are you feeding? What are you filling up with? What gives you life-giving energy?

What and how do you share with others? What bread do you give your loved ones?

3. thirst / desire

What are your desires (physical, spiritual, experiences of something more, etc.)? How do you satisfy them? Are there such spaces in you (what?), which constantly cry for more, which are unmet? Why? What do they need to not feel hunger and thirst? Look, maybe some of your hunger and thirst will never be satisfied, but will not be satisfied to the extent that you want to. Maybe it’s worth learning to live with this unsatisfied? What good and positive things can you get out of this?

4. Only Jesus can fill you. Only he can make you feel thirsty no more. Look at Jesus, feel his love and see his gaze. Tell him about your hunger and your desires. Ask him you will always desire to be filled by Christ, so that you always feel saturated.

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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