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. (The Spiritual Exercises No. 46)

Fixing a place, a picture for meditation: See the Galilean lake surrounded on two sides by mountains. There is the boat in which Jesus is with his disciples. Suddenly, it starts storm. Disciples panic, but Jesus calmly gets up and calms down the storm, there is silence.

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, water falls into the boat, the wind tilts the boat from one side to the other. The disciples panic, Jesus is sleeping. Is it really possible to sleep in such conditions? Or maybe this storm is not so violent? Maybe there is no real threat? Maybe only disciples perceive the current situation as threatening their lives?

What are your storms? How do you perceive them, how do you experience them? What help do you need during a windstorm?

God also comes to you in a storm, what do you see the meaning of your life storms?

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

It seems that Jesus’ intervention and action lead to deep silence. There are rather no fireworks, Jesus’ activity may not seem spectacular and miracles may occur in our human sense. Jesus doesn’t need to create a spectacle, to be applauded. He comes in silence and rather restores normality, helps in undertaking daily hardships, responsibilities, helps accept reality as it is. How do you see Jesus’ actions in your life? Maybe his coming to the rescue is different than you expect? What intervention do you expect from Jesus? Note these situations when Jesus acts publicly in your life. See also what silence relationship with Jesus introduces into your life, how you experience this silence.

  1. Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?

Jesus’ presence with his disciples did not deprive them of fear. It is unlikely that you can live completely without fear, anxiety. However, it is important to look for what gives me a sense of security, which teaches me trust. What events teach you to trust Jesus? What / who gives you a sense of security, being cared for?

  1. Meet Jesus as much as you can.

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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