Meditation Mk 9,30-37

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 goes to Capernaum through Galilee with his disciples. See the way they follow. Jesus does not want anyone to know about their journey. He wants to teach his disciples and to tell them again about his impending departure. Listen to them talking about it. Look at disciples. They do not understand Jesus’ words. What’s more, they are arguing with each other. Where are you in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to cling to Jesus 

1. But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.

Why? What attitude did the disciples adopt? What could be their fear caused by? Maybe they did not want to hear, understand and feel what was difficult for them. They wanted to deaden  what might have been painful in themselves.Perhaps you sometimes react in a similar way to disciples? Not only for someone’s words, but also for the difficulties you have in yourself (everyone has :)). The fear of coming into contact with difficult truth can be great. Perhaps it is worth not to focus on the fear, but to see what the confrontation with the difficulty can lead to. Perhaps it is a way leading you to freedom, love, and thus a deeper relationship with God?
See in yourself one thing that is difficult for you, which you do not want to understand as disciples did not want. What Goods can a confrontation with this thing give you? This will be your step forward that will allow you not to stagnate, but to accept surprises from the Lord (cf. apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate pt 139).

2. Disciples argued who is the greatest of them.

Is the fact that God has allowed each disciple (you too) to live, which he constantly supports, not enough for each disciple to feel the greatest? And yet it was not, if they argued. It is true that they were ashamed to admit it to Jesus. What is the difference between the understanding of the greatest of a human being by the disciples from the understanding of Jesus? What does it mean to be the greatest of man for you? Where do you look and find your true worth?

3. Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.

Each of us has within himself/ herself the child. Find the child in yourself. Ask for his/her desires, fears. Hug this child to yourself, embrace them. Your child needs your love. Jesus wants you to feel loved. Let Jesus cuddle to you, to your inner child. What do you feel? Thank you for this experience and talk to Jesus about it.

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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