Mk 2,23-28

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: see the image from the Gospel: Jesus walking with his disciples who plow the ears of cereal.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to know Jesus

 1.The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath;

.All the commandments, God’s Law, Sundays and holidays are created for man, that is, to help people live happily, to help them become a better person and develop more and more towards the fullness of life in God.It seems that sometimes we forget about it and treat what we have received from God as help in our growth as weight and shackles that we put on ourselves. It is worth, probably once again, ask yourself what leads me to what I engage in or not engage in, what is the purpose of my prayer and my other spiritual practices, what is my leading motivation for life? Look truth, because only knowing real desires and motivations can lead to purification, or change that will bring me closer to God.

 2. Also look at this scene in this way: disciples enjoy what every day brings them.

On the Sabbath, you must not pick ears, but disciples are hungry. So, they use what is possible, what is within their reach. Maybe Jesus wants to show that everything we need to live is around us, our task is to be open to seeing what we have. It is not about breaking the law, but about noticing the resources and opportunities that each of us receives from God. How do you use what everyday life brings you, what goods do you notice?

3.The Pharisees remind Jesus that his disciples are breaking the law and are committing an unlawful act. Jesus shows them that they also don’t always do the right thing. Let’s look at each other before we evaluate someone, we will attach a patch before we say the hurt word. Maybe the first person who needs a change and admonition is myself? Think what one specific thing you can change in yourself, to become more and more kind and gentle to yourself and others, to become more and more like Jesus?  

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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