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 is in Galilee. Perhaps he is on one of the mountains, fewer it is a beautiful view of the area. See the lake, fields, meadows. There are a lot of people on this mountain. Everyone is listening to what Jesus says. Today, he explains to people what love to another person is about. Listen …be present in this scene.
Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the ability to love others more
1. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
a) First, I encourage you to think about who you call your enemy or persecutor. Is it not so often that we regard our enemy as someone, who disagrees with us, has a different opinion from us, has different political and religious views? Or is he who does not answer with a smile to our smile, respond to our request negatively, who does not meet our expectations? Is he really an enemy? Or is the right of another person to be different than us, is the right of another person to his desires, to his views, beliefs, isn’t it?
Who is your enemy and why are you calling him an enemy?
b) Look at yourself: who are you for yourself: your enemy or friend? How do you treat yourself, what do you think about yourself? God looks at you as his most beautiful and beloved child. Look at yourself with the eyes of God, as you can.
c) The word love has been used in today’s pericope in the sense of agape love. This means that it is not feelings that we identify with love, but it is rather specific actions. To love the enemy meansto want him good, not revenge. You do not need to feel lofty feelings in yourself for the person from whom you have suffered, it is very difficult, but after passing the time of forgiveness, come to the point where you can say with full inner consent that you wish this person good.
Revise your understanding of words to love your neighbor.
2. … for he makes his sun rise on the eviland on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.
From these words it follows that there is a place on earth for everyone. Every man is God’s creature and God loves everybody. He gives the same good to each of his love. Look at the reality that surrounds you as a certain unity in which there is a place for every human being, in which there is a place for difficult and pleasant feelings, in which there is a palce for good and unpleasant events. It may be worth merging, combining what seems difficult to accept, accepti…
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)