Meditation Mt 10,7-13

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 and their disciples travel the road from city to city. Then Jesus begins tells his disciples that their task is to proclaim the Good News. However, they are not allowed to take with them any means of payment, bags or additional tunics. See how disciples accept it? Maybe you’re with them too.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trust in Jesus

1.Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, ot two tunics …

Jesus sends disciples to preach the Word of God. He does not allow them to take extra bags with them or care too much about gold or other means of payment. Why? Why is Jesus calling for poverty and what is it? Is it sometimes a concern for material security, psychological, that does not stop us from seeing the goal to which we should strive? The more we accumulate, the more we protect it. The more we stick to our thinking patterns, our limiting beliefs, our fears the more our bags become and the less attention we can give to God. So it is not about getting rid of everything, but in order to have freedom that will allow us to first of all care for the purpose of our journey and thus go beyond our own comfort zone.

What is your luggage, what do you wear in it? Get out of what hinders you from establishing closer and closer relations with God, with others.

2. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peacetime upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 

a. Jesus tells his disciples to greet the house they enter. It can be said in a modern language that disciples are to wish well and then its inhabitants will receive peace, that is, a sense of deep security, trust and joy. Think about what your greeting words mean, good morning, welcome -with what intention do you say them? How does it affect your message and reception by another person? What does your greeting cause in another person: peace or anxiety?

b. Sometimes, although we give a broadly understood peace to someone, or we receive it ourselves, we can not accept it. This peace can be a good word, praise, compliment …  a gift from another person. What bothers you and what helps in accepting this gift? What is your openness and courage to accept it? What courage do you have in yourself to give such gifts to someone?

3. In the Gospel Jesus sends his disciples to proclaim the Good News. Today, now Jesus asks you to bring this Good News to your loved ones, those whom you will meet today. What specific tasks (it does not mean unattainable or spectacular, it can be a smile to someone, it can be an acceptable look, maybe a good meal …) Jesus invites 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) 

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