Meditation Lk 17,7-10

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: See the farm consisting of a field and a residential home. A servant is plowing and tending sheep in the field.After his work he is going home. A householder is waiting for him and he is giving him further instructions to prepare the meal. A servant will be able to eat and drink when his householder will finish it. Where and whom do you find in this picture?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: Jesus, teach me to be a useful servant 

1. This parable teaches us not to brag about the work we do, nor do we feel worse because of it. The most important is our commitment, that is, that we do the best work, because we do it for the greater glory of God.Look at your responsibilities, your work: why are you doing it, what is your main goal? How is the awareness, that you are doing your job as your present calling, and God is your employer, changing the way you perceive your duties, both home and professional?

2. Who is the worthless slave? Maybe he who performs his duties only in obedience and only to the extent that he was commissioned? Maybe he who does the job correctly, but does not want to make any decisions, and does not want to be responsible for what he does – neither in private life nor in professional life?

Who then can be a useful slave? Maybe he who expects, trusts and misses his Lord and asks the Lord himself the question: what can I do for you? Maybe it is the one who in his life is guided by love? Maybe a useful servant is one who feels like a son / daughter of God and feels responsible for what is happening in his/ her life?What kind of slave are you in your everyday life, in the place where you live and work? What can you do to become more and more a useful slave? 

3. Look closely with Jesus in humility, or truth about yourself. See how you are, how God sees you – as your beloved son / daughter. 

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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