Meditation Mt 8,23-27

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: The Galilean lake has the shape of a pear. It is large and deep and surrounded on two sides by mountains. On this lake, see the boat in which Jesus is with his disciples. Jesus is asleep, the disciples can fish, maybe they talk. Suddenly, the wind begins to break, it starts to rain, thunder and lightning are heard. Disciples panic, begin to wake Jesus and cry out to do something because they die. Jesus calmly gets up and calms down the storm, there is silence. Be a participant in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trust in Jesus

  1. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves, but he was asleep.

A great storm breaks out, it seems that the water falls into the boat, the wind tilts the boat from one side to the other. Is it really possible to sleep in such conditions? But Jesus is sleeping. Maybe this storm was not so violent, maybe there was no real threat? Perhaps only disciples perceived the current situation as threatening their lives? Maybe this storm was in fact the proverbial storm in a glass of water?

What are your storms? How do you perceive them, do you feel? God also comes to you in the storm, what do you notice the meaning, the sense of your life storm?

2. Then he got up and rebuked the winds and sea; and there was a dead calm.

It seems that one can say that, as Jesus operates, there is profound silence. There are no fireworks there, his activity is not spectacular, miracles do not happen in the human sense. Jesus does not need to create a spectacle, be applauded. He comes in silence and rather restores normality, helps in undertaking everyday tasks and duties. Maybe his coming to the rescue is different than what you expect?

What kind of intervention do you expect from Jesus? Note these situations when Jesus does not act in your life without publicity. Where and how do you see his action? What – what events – teach you trust in Jesus?

3. What sort of man is this?

Meet Jesus as much as you can. Maybe he will ask you a question: who am I to you? What will you answer him?

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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