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 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:  Someone takes a tiny mustard seed and plants it in the garden. Maybe Everyday he comes to watch them. The seed sprouts and grows more and more day by day, until one day it becomes a tree reaching about 3 meters high. You can see birds nests and hear their singing. Maybe you are the man …

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for openness to God potential, growth even inconspicuous

 1. Consider what the term God’s Kingdom means to you? How could you compare it? Why? Who are you in the Kingdom of God?

2. Comparison of the Kingdom of God to the mustard seed speaks of its extensive growth, but comparison to the yeast of its internal growth. It can be said that both growths are complete, full development of the Kingdom of God. Consider your external and internal work:

• about yourself: what is the proportion of time that you spend on both jobs and what kind of works do you do?
• in relation to the Kingdom of God: how do you care about the Kingdom of God, what is your work leading to extensive growth and leading to internal growth

3. The mustard seed is smaller than the poppy seed, but the tree can grow from it, which also serves the birds as dwelt. The yeast is also small and penetrates the whole cake. It is similar in our lives. Notice these tiny steps, actions, perhaps timid thoughts, words that led to the creation of a large Good. See also the small gestures of kindness you received, which led you to grow to the greater glory of God.

4. The seed of the mustard is like the Word, Jesus gives us. If we hear it, and accordingly we will care about it, than it will contribute to our growth in Love. Sit near Jesus, see in his eyes, and hear his Word addressed to You. 

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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