Meditation Mk 6,34-44

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: See the grassland where there are no buildings. It’s getting a dusk. There is a crowd of people in this grassland. There are also Jesus with his disciples. Maybe you are there too. Disciples notice that people are hungry and they tell it to Jesus. Then Jesus tells the disciples to bring what they have to eat. Jesus prays to his father, and then the disciples give bread and fish to the gathered people.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would meet Jesus

1.As he went ashore … 

Jesus goes to a man and compassions for him, that is, he cares about him and surrounds him with his love. Jesus does not wait for a man to come to him, he takes the first step. It is also an invitation for each of us to go ashore to meet another human being. Meet another person, not on his terms, but with a man as he is, that is with his needs, weaknesses and strengths. What is your going ashore? What is your ashore?

2. The disciples approach Jesus and tell him that he will make people go, because it is getting late and people have to buy something to eat.

Disciples think in human economy, so the economy of having and gathering is close to them. Jesus uses the economy of God, that is giving what gives true saturation. It is interesting that Jesus tells his disciples to give food to the gathered people and they do not know that they have food from Jesus, which they can share with others, they do not see in themselves the bread they can give to others.What kind of economics do you use: human, to gather things around you and create a semblance of security and saturation or Divine, which allows you to live with what gives you real saturation? What is your bread that you can share with others? If you can not see it yet, ask Jesus for help.

3. Jesus, while praying, looked up at the sky, that is, he raised his gaze.Now, look up to see the eyes of Jesus who comes to you. He goes ashore to meet you and fill you with his food. You only have to look at Jesus, so look at him, look into his eyes as you can.  

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)