Meditation Lk 10,21-24

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 together with his disciples: see and hear the prayer – the conversation of Jesus to his Father, look at the disciples who are around, maybe they are listening to Jesus’s prayer, maybe they are busy with something else. After the prayer, Jesus is turning to the disciples in private and saying them, that they are happy because they see and hear. Maybe you are there too.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to know God

1. I give you praise, Father … for although … you have revealed them to the childlike.

a) Small children come to their parents to hug them, show them something, ask them, sit with them. They come, when it is difficult for them, when they are happy and they want to share something with their parents and when seemingly nothing special happens. They come, because they have an inner desire to establish a personal relationship with their parents. What does your encounter with God look like? Who are you for God and who is he for you? How do you look possibilities to meet him every day? Why do you pray or not pray?

b) Become a small child as much as you can, full of inner simplicity, openness, trust, willing to meet new people, things, discover secrets. Look at your relationship with Jesus with this childish naivety. Think about what you would like to know about him, to know him better, make friends. Ask these questions to Jesus.

2. Jesus says that blessed are the eyes that see and the ears that hear. So what are your eyes and ears? What makes you see and hear others, or do not see or hear them? What allows you to hear God’s words and see him, his action in your life?

3. Jesus rejoiced.

a) think about what gives you joy? How often do you allow yourself to be joyful?
b) Be with Jesus and enjoy your meeting together. See how you enjoy yourself, what you do, how you look at each other.

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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