Meditation Mt 6, 7-15

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: Probably the scene in which Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer takes place on the Mount of Beatitudes on the northern shore of the Lake of Gennesaret, near Capernaum. See the lake, the mountain, the mountainside overgrown with grass. Feel the smell of that air. Jesus is on this slope, and a crowd of people around him. Are you there? Listen to what Jesus says about prayer, how it should look, how he says the words Our Father ….

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my desire to enter into a lively, intimate relationship with God 

1. Today’s text encourages us to reflect on our prayer. What place does it take in your life? What is it for you, what is its value? How does it look: how do you pray, how much time do you spent praying, what time do you pray, where? Does the way of prayer help you deepen your relationship with God? Why do you pray (you want to ask for favors, you want to meet God, you pray because of your fear of punishment)? How do you treat your prayer: is it not a coincidence of some kind of amulet, or a magic wand to solve all your problems; or is it a meeting of two people giving each other Love? Maybe today is the time to change something in your prayer, maybe it’s time for you to enter into a prayer that is not easy for you, maybe it’s time to find your quiet desert place to meet God …

2. In praying, do not babble like the pagans …

Prayer is the entrance to the most intimate encounter with your Creator, that’s why Jesus says not to be talkative. See, if in an intimate meeting with another person (which is not the same as an erotic meeting, but is something deeper, something that you constantly need to learn – I encourage you to reflect on what does the intimate relationship mean) is flowing from your lips many words? Is it rather a quiet whisper, silence, looking at each other, contemplating one another? God wants full unity with You, communion in Love. How do you respond to his desire? (Remember, however, that if you want to be able to enter into close relationships with others, with God, you first have to make friends with yourself, you have to get to know yourself, your feelings and desires.)

3. your will be done, on earth as in heaven …

God’s will is your salvation, your happiness, your life in deep joy. Joy, which is independent of the external situation, of your health, your finances. Note that God’s will continues to be fulfilled on earth and in heaven. So here and now you can experience a deep sense of happiness. What does your life with passion, for happiness look like? How can you change your thinking, patterns, to experience joy even more now, in Lent – after all, Jesus died on the Cross for your love and gave you his Resurrection?

4. When you will be praying Our Father at the end of this meditation, listen to your words. Speak them slowly with great care. Maybe you will feel, what word moves you particularly …

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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