Meditation Mk 3,31-35

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 intentionsand actions may be directed purely to the praise and serviceof His Divine Majesty

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: Jesus is probably in a house. Lots of people are sitting around him. At that time Mary comes to Jesus with her cousin. They ask about Jesus, they want to meet him. One of the gathered people goes to Jesus and tells him that the family came to him. Then Jesus begins to explain who belongs to His family. Where are you in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for meeting Jesus

1.     … standing outside, they sent to him and called him.

The mother of Jesus and his brothers come to him. They want to see Jesus, but they do not come in because of the crowd. They stay outside. From this position, they certainly cannot hear what Jesus says and they cannot meet Jesus.If you want to meet Jesus, other people, yourself, you cannot stand outside. Look at yourself, at your attitude; what is your standing outside? What is the crowd that you sometimes think is an obstacle, but it also needs and wants to meet Jesus? Maybe this crowed can help you in meeting Jesus, maybe it can help you to meet others and yourself… Think about how this crowd can be your help. What is the inside of you, what does it require of you?

2.     Jesus explains that his mother and brothers are the one who does the will of God.I think that we often wonder what God’s will is.

It is not fulfilling the commandment of love, is it? When we live in our lives with love, greater good, we bring love to people, we are closer God, we live life more and more in God. This is God’s will. However, in order to fulfill it well, you must listen to Jesus, not only hear.How do you fulfill God’s will in your life? How do you know what is the greater good? How do you carry out a concrete way of bringing love to others? How do you show love yourself?

3.     Come to Jesus. Do not stand outside, but go inside and meet him as you can (If you have to wait for the others to come out, feed them – wait, and then come in.) 

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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