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 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: 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. How do you understand the word “to serve”?

2. Consider why a servant, in the gospel we are considering, is a unprofitable servant. Maybe because he did not benefit from his work? Perhaps because he treated his work as a duty, and he did it only through obedience? Maybe because he expected praise and recognition in human eyes? Perhaps we too, if we treat God’s invitation as a dictate, we are unprofitable servants.

So who can be named as a profitable servant? Maybe someone, who expects, trusts and misses his Lord and asks Himself the question: what can I do for you? Maybe this is someone, who is leaded by Love in his life, and someone who, because of Love, wants to obey the Lord? Maybe a servant is profitable, if he fights for inner freedom, freedom from attachments, because he wants to be as close as possible to his Lord?

What kind of servant are you, in your daily life, in the place where you live and work? What fight is going on inside you to become a profitable servant? What does not allow you to be a profitable servant yet? What can you do to become more and more of him?

3. If you want, stand or sit by Jesus. Look at Him and ask questions: What can I do for you Jesus? What can I surprise 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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