Meditation Mt 11,20-24

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 cities: Chorazin – located in the mountains of the northern Galilee, about 3 km from Capernaum and Bethsaida – a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. In these cities, Jesus dwells, walks, teaches, and does miracles. Although Jesus spends a lot of time there, people behave as if he did not exist, as if they did not know him. Be present in this scene, maybe you are with Jesus, and perhaps among the inhabitants of these cities.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the courage to convert to be closer to God 

1. Woe to you …

a) In Chorazin and Bethsaida Jesus performed the most miracles, but the inhabitants of these cities did not repent. Jesus’ activity did not cause changes in these people. So, what would Jesus have to do to make these people change their lives?Perhaps we sometimes think that if Jesus did something special in our lives, then our faith would look completely different. So how? And what miracles do you need? Or do you need more to see what Jesus does in your life, his presence in your daily life? Look at your life, your day – where and how do you notice the presence of Jesus?

b) Jesus says that Tyre and Sidom would be converted sooner. What could make these more sinful cities convert faster than these seemingly good ones?Is it also difficult for us to convert, or change our thinking? Is it not sometimes that when we go to the Church every day, we pray five times a day, we think about ourselves in an idealized way, deviating from the truth? Change can occur only when we can see our real self – our good and difficult sides and accept them. Only then changes would be possible. Look inside yourself and see what is good, what is your potential, and what is difficult, unwanted. For everything, you will discover thank Jesus.

2. Change.

Think about the change you need to live a fuller life in God, to experience his love more and share it with others. Change can mean doing something more or less, doing something else, or stopping. What is your change? Let yourself experience this change in the near future.

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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