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 Lordthat all my intentionsand actions may be directed purelyto the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty
Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus comes to Bethany and visits the house of Marta and Maria. Marta deals with various home tasks, prepares a meal for the guest. Mary sits at the feet of Jesus. And what are you doing in this scene?
Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the experience of being present in the Presence
Jesus is a guest at the house of Marta and Maria. Marta, as a housewife, is absorbed in the many tasks, she wants to serve Jesus in the best way. Marta, maybe in such a clumsy way, shows her love to Jesus. Even such clumsy way of love can be the beginning of the transformation, also of Marta (see Jn 11: 17-27). What is your love for your loved ones? How do you show it? How do you show love to Jesus? How does the love of others and God transform you? How does your love transform others?
… you are worried and distracted by many things, there is need of only one thing.
If you’re worried about much, you’re probably absent. You are absent here and now, you are also absent in the things you are worried about, because they usually relate to past or future events. So, if you’re not in the present moment, where are you? How can you live now to really live this life? What is your presence? What is your one thing?
3. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her. In this particular situation, she was able to discern what is most important, which can help her be closer to Jesus. How do you make choices in your life? What are your guiding principles in your process of discernment? What helps you and what prevents you from being present here and now? What motivations are you guiding?
4. Jesus comes to your home. Be present in the Presence 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)