Meditation Lk 9,28b-36

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: Jesus, together with Peter, John and James, go up probably on Mount Tabor in Galilee. They go there to pray. However, disciples fall asleep. Only Jesus pray. During this prayer his face changes and his clothes become dazzling white. Jesus appears to Moses and Elijah, with whom he begins to talk. Disciples are waking up at this time. They want to put up three dwellings, but then Moses and Elijah leave them. A cloud came. Disciples feel fear. Then they hear a voice that says that Jesus is my Son, my Chosen, listen to him! Be present in this scene, see what you do, what you feel.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I may begin to see more, to feel more, to hear more to experience God’s presence and love more

1.Jesus prays.

Jesus is going to pray, revealing his identity during this prayer. God says he is His Chosen Son. Prayer is thus a space in which God appears and in which in a special way we can meet God and experience His presence. Such a meeting is possible inside us. It is important, then, to go in your interior so that you can notice the movements: what moves me, what repels me, what feelings, emotions and thoughts are created during this meeting. Such a prayer, such a meeting, has the power to change. Also meeting with another person can be transforming if it leads us deeper, if we allow ourselves to feel, to be touched in our hearts. It does not always have to be an easy meeting, not always what moves us is easy to accept, but it can be cleansing, healing.

Notice what moves you during this prayer. Remind your last meetings with friends, what happened then in you. What did you discover thanks to these meetings? What do you discover in yourself thanks to this prayer? What does it mean to you?

How do you discover, you get to know your identity? What specific signs can you feel, know, experience, you are the beloved son / daughter of God?

2. Discernment.

Disciples fall asleep when they reach the mountain. After waking up, they start to see another Jesus. One can wonder whether Jesus changed or did the disciples begin to see differently after waking up?

St. Ignatius of Loyola at the beginning of his spiritual path felt like a blind man. In time, he begins to see more, and so he observes that: When he thought of worldly matters, he found much delight; but after growing weary and dismissing them, he found that he was dry and unhappy. But when he thought of God’s matters, he not only found consolation in these thoughts, but even after they had left him he remained happy and joyful (see Ignatius Loyola, A Pilgrim’s journey, p. 48). Ignatius begins to see what he has not been able to see so far. These are not new things, things, they existed before. Perhaps similarly, after awakening, the students start to see another Jesus. Ignatius’ awakening led to the differentiation of thoughts: he knew that some thoughts coming from the devil, the other coming from God, and these gives him life and t leads him to the greater glory of God.

In such a dream, we are often lethargic, we do not see what is around us, what is in us, we do not see the good we get. Sometimes we prefer to endure in our misfortune than change something in our life, because it requires review, it requires courage to see something new, something that we may not know.

Think about what gives life to you, which gives you inner joy, which makes you start to smile. See also what causes fear in you – why?

Let yourself wake up – what do you see through him?

3.Be with the disciples and Jesus on Mount Tabor. What transformation do you experience there?

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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