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 and his disciples are on their way from Galilee to Capernaum. In this way he teaches his disciples. They, however, do not understand what he is saying to them. There is also a quarrel between disciples. See and hear their argument, who’s the greatest of them. In Capernaum, Jesus is asking them a question about what they were talking about on their way. He does not get an answer. He takes a child who is probably somewhere nearby, hugs the child and explains what it means to accept and serve him. Find yourself in this scene.
Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I find my identity and my value in God
1. But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Disciples are afraid to ask, they feel fear, which makes them mute and deaf. Anxiety can be paralyzing, it does not allow to know the truth, it blocks the relationship and action. What did disciples really fear? They know Jesus, they have been with him for a long time, so they couldn’t feel a fear of Jesus.What fears do you have? What do they result from and what they concern? What is your courage to go forward, in spite of fears, to keep your eyes and ears open, to take an action or to consciously not take for the greater glory of God?
2. … must be last of all and servant of all
How do you serve (serve this does not mean to servile) to others? How do you serve in your home, everyday life, your relatives, how do you serve your wife, husband, children, fellow brothers, your sisters, in the workplace?
3. … they had argued with one another who was the greatest
Probably each of the disciples in this pericope sought recognition, confirmation that it is important, needed, accepted. This is the basic human need to affirm, to be loved. It is difficult to satisfy it only in a human way. It will probably do only for a moment, and then we need to recognize others again. Maybe it is worth looking for it somewhere else, find your identity in God, feel you are the best friend of Jesus. You are always important, valuable and very loved for him.See how it looks in your life. Where do you look for assurances about your value Meet Jesus and ask him: who am I to you, how much do I mean to 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)