Meditation Lk 13,18-21

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. (The Spiritual Exercises No.46)

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Imagine a garden. There is a gardener in this garden. He’s holding a tiny mustard seed in his hand. He plants them in the ground. He comes every day to see how it grows, if needed watering them. The seed begins to germinate, the stem, leaves appear. The plant grows larger and reaches a height of about 3 meters. It becomes a tree where birds nest their nests. Maybe you are the gardener?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would like to grow for the kingdom of God

  1. A large three and sometimes even a four-meter tree can grow from a tiny mustard seed. In our life, too, small steps create one large step. Therefore, it is important for us to make small changes that affect our development for the greater glory of God. Our changes affect others change. It is easy to care for planted grains, plants, even for others, but it is much harder to change something in yourself. What positive changes have you made recently and what can you do today to increase even more to the Fullness of Life in God?
  2. You have a mustard seed in you. How do you take care of it so that a huge tree can grow out of it? It is important that this tree should serve others. It should be a place, where others can feel safe because they are accepted as they are. They can twist the nests they want. What kind of tree are you for others?
  3. What is the kingdom of God for you? How do you understand it?
  4. Look what moved you in today’s prayer. Be with it and talk to Jesus about 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)