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Mt 11,20-24

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 cities: Chorazin – located in the mountains of the northern Galilee, about 3 km from Capernaum and Bethsaida – a small fishing village located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. In these cities, Jesus dwells, walks, teaches, and does miracles. Although Jesus spends a lot of time there, people behave as if he did not exist, as if they did not know him.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my experience of Jesus’ presence

 

 1.  Woe to you …For it the mighty deeds done

Jesus performed the most miracles in Chorazin and Bethsaida, but the inhabitants of those cities did not convert. Maybe it is worth considering why? It is interesting because, on the one hand, people expect miracles, Jesus does them, and it does not affect the lives of these people. Perhaps people’s expectations do not match what they receive from Jesus? Maybe they don’t want to see these miracles? Maybe something is blocking them from believing in the experience of God’s love? Or maybe fixation on their expectations does not allow them to see the miracles of Jesus? Or with their faith, or rather its cloak, they cover their real motivations, their behavior, thinking which, looking deeper, still remains the same, does not change under the influence of the relationship with Jesus? Hence these cities hear quite strong words of Jesus: woe to you… It is also interesting that more sinful cities might find miracles easier to see and convert. Maybe they see their sinfulness, weakness and at the same time believe that God loves them, accepts them all. Believing in Love, allowing yourself to feel loved is transformative and is the greatest miracle that can be experienced.Is it not the same with us? What is my Bethsaida? What prevents me from believing in Love, confidence, trust that I am loved, wanted?

 

2.  Change.

Think about the change you need to live more fully in God, to experience his love more and share it with others. Change can mean doing something more or less, doing something else, or stopping.

 

3. …the mighty deeds done in your midst…

What miracles do you notice in your life, that is, the experience that you are loved, wanted, accepted as you are by God, yourself, and others?

 

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)

Mt 16,13-19

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 Jesus meeting Peter.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: about the desire to meet Jesus as I am  

 

  1. Jesus asked his disciples,Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

Jesus is curious how people see him and who they think he is. This curiosity may seem very natural. However, it takes courage to ask such a question. Jesus might have heard various things about himself, not necessarily all pleasant and easy to accept. He wants to meet every human being, no matter who that person thinks he is. We know from various passages of the gospel that even his disciples, considering him their Teacher, they had difficulty trusting him, believing what he said, he promised. As if the mere experience of having a relationship with him, of experiencing an encounter with him, is not enough to believe that he is the Messiah. Believe, not just know. Knowledge, although helpful, is not enough to build a close relationship. And this is the relationship that Jesus wants with each of us.Probably if you had heard the question today from Jesus: who do you think I am, you would have answered similarly to Peter. But do you believe he is the Messiah? Who do you consider Jesus to be, not on the level of your knowledge, but on your inner feeling, experiencing a relationship with him?

 

 2.     Simon Peter 

Today, on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, I invite you to look at Peter. We know that Peter became the first pope, Jesus gave him authority: whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Peter was a fisherman, he was also a man of self-confidence and great ideals. He had various contradictions within him that we can call internal conflicts. He has the courage to walk on water, and then he melts. He does not want Jesus to wash his feet and then he wants to be completely bathed by him. He declares that even if he had to die with Jesus, he would not deny him, and immediately after that he denies him three times. In all of this and with of all this, Peter is with Jesus all the time, meets him, allows him to touch himself, to touch these difficult, conflicted places. Therefore, it did not have to be easy for Peter to touch, confront himself, perhaps he felt ashamed, he wanted to run away. Jesus accepted Peter as he was, loved him. Peter endured these difficult moments and thanks to this a transformation could take place in him.How is it with you? How do you allow yourself to be met, touched by 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)

Mt 7,6.12-14

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 wide and narrow gate. What do the gates look like, what are they made of? Look what’s behind the gates.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to find my value in God 

 

1. Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

We can treat these words as a warning to carefully consider what and to whom I can say. Not everyone is able to accept and respect what I want to say or do to him. This applies to various spaces: both matters related to my life, advice on the life of another person, or what I would proselytize others. Maybe it is worth reflecting, for what purpose I want to say something, what the other person can gain thanks to it (and not me – e.g. expanding my ego, raising my value, showing on what heights of spirituality I am already)? Look also at yourself, how do you accept what others give you, what they say to you?

 

2.In everything do to others as you would have them do to you

It seems as a simple rule: let’s give others what we would like to get. I suggest that you start with yourself, that you see: how you treat yourself, what you are to yourself, what your expectations are, what kindness, gentleness you have to yourself. It’s very likely that just as you approach yourself, you do the same to others (you may feel disagreement with these words now, but I know from experience that it is the truth).

 

3. narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life

How is it possible for God to create a gate too narrow to pass it for us? Is it possible that God wants only a few people to come to him? Rather unbelievable! God wants to meet each of us. So, what can happen if the gate is too narrow to pass? Perhaps we are making this gate too narrow, not because of its size, but because of the luggage we carry and we want to carry. It may also be needed to hand luggage, look after, but if we focus all our attention on it, it may obscure other things, important relationships, and the luggage can become more important than them. What is your luggage: what beliefs, obligations, care for financial and material security are in it? What does the carrying the luggage give you? How do you feel this luggage in you? Think you leave it, how do you feel then? What can you lose and gain? 

 

4. Fortunately, there is good news: Jesus is waiting for you and he can help you pass this gate.

Meet with Jesus, maybe just near the narrow gate. Perhaps now he will help you unpack your baggage and guide you through this gate …

 

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)

 

Mt 5,43-47

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: 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: that I would like to love God, myself and others more 

 

1.     … love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you …

Jesus sets a very difficult requirement for us. Perhaps each of us can still pray for our enemies, but to love them seems impossible. However, we can realize that Christ lives in everyone, and if I cannot love my enemy, I can love Christ who is in him.Also ask yourself: who is my greatest enemy, who do I think badly about, who do I complain about the most, who do I reject, etc.? Are you not your own enemy? Do you forget about yourself, add more burdens to bear and punish yourself? Maybe it is worth starting with yourself, liking yourself, loving yourself with everything you have and what you are. The commandment of love says: love your neighbor as yourself. So, until you love yourself, you will not be able to love others, especially your enemies. And now you may not even agree that this is the case, and you may think that you love others but not yourself. But is it really? If you are strict and very demanding on yourself, then for others as well. If you do not give yourself the right to make a mistake, the failures of others will make you very angry. Look at yourself with love and tenderness, touch yourself with love and tenderness, just like the loving Father God does. He accepts you as you are now, you don’t have to do anything else to deserve his love. Perhaps, starting today, you will stop persecuting yourself and be gentle with yourself. What are you feeling now?

 

2. …he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust

These words show that there is a place on earth for everyone. Every man is God’s creature and God loves everyone, and he gives everyone the same goods out of his love. It is up to each of us to see and accept them. Both abundance and shortage are often difficult to accept. 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 space for difficult and pleasant feelings, in which there is a space for good and unpleasant events. Maybe it is worthwhile to merge what seems difficult to accept …

 

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)

Mt 5,13-16

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: Imagine your home, the room. There is a lamp. It’s evening. You can light the lamp and notice what you can see thanks to the light. Feel the warmth of light, its glow.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would like to be the salt of the earth and light for others

 

1.     You are the salt of the earth. …if salt loses its taste…

Jesus calls us the salt of the earth. Salt has various properties: it cleans, gives flavor, preserves, and enhances the value of dishes. So, it is a very important ingredient that gives and extracts flavor. However, salt may lose its flavor if it is not properly cared for and stored. It may not be known to us, but in the place where Jesus lived, salt was sourced from the Dead Sea and needed to be cleaned and properly stored, otherwise it would not be usable. So, Jesus, calling you salt, tells you how important you are and how much you need to take care of yourself in order to be able and feel the flavors of your life and at the same time give flavors to your life and life in the places where you are. Tastes don’t always have to be pleasant, each of us has our favorites and the ones we don’t like. Both are important and tasting everyone allows you to feel their fullness, variety and finding your favorites. Sometimes it happens, especially when we are in a rush, that we swallow food and do not even know what it tasted like. Today try to taste what you eat, drink. Note that when you eat a mixture of ingredients (e.g. a salad), one of the unlikely taste ingredients can sometimes even increase the flavor of the whole dish, and sometimes make you unable to eat it, and sometimes you just need to add salt to be able to eat it, eat this dish. And it is probably the same in our lives …Think about what it means to you that you are the salt of the earth. What flavor are you giving your life? What flavor are you giving others? How do you care for your taste? What shapes your taste? How does your relationship with Jesus affect your taste?

 

2.     You are the light a lamp… it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.

Jesus says about us again: we are the light of the world and we are to shine for others. The lamp illuminates the darkness, allows you to see what cannot be seen in the dark, illuminates the path you are walking, enables you to be on the right path, and allows you to avoid getting lost. However, it does not seem to be able to blind you. The light you give is to be adapted to the person using it. It should help on the way, in life. You also need light that illuminates your path, that illuminates your interior, allows you to see darker spaces inside you, find what is hidden, invisible. It may not be pleasant sometimes, it may even be painful, but only what is visible and conscious gives us understanding of ourselves, our behavior and, if necessary, it can be changed by us.What kind of light do you shine for others? What is the light you give to your loved ones in their life and your everyday life? What is the light for you?Maybe today you will let Jesus illuminate your interior and see darker recesses?

 

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)

Mt 18,21-35

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: imagine someone asking for something, e.g. a favor, debt relief, forgiveness …

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would like to take small steps towards Jesus 

1.     Then Peter came and to him, Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?

a) Perhaps we would also like to get an answer from the outside, maybe even receive a written letter from God with precise instructions on what to do. However, everyone makes the decision by himself / herself, even if he / she received an advice of what and how much to do. It is up to you whether and how you use the advice. It is always your decision and your responsibility. How do you experience your responsibility for your life?

 b) Very often we would like to clearly specify << how much? >> for our internal or external certainty. In the passage under consideration, Jesus shifts Peter’s attention from the word how much to the quality of forgiveness. This is well explained by Fr. S. Ormanty TChr in the Biblical Commentary (my translation): In those social conditions, incurring debts was commonplace. One servant had a small debt owed to his fellow servant: one hundred denarii, which is the equivalent of one hundred working days in Israel. Such debt contrasts strongly with the debt of the servant of the Lord – ten thousand talents are a huge sum, impossible to pay back; the talent was six thousand denarii. So, we have a great numerical contrast. In the face of such a great debt, the servant could only count on his generosity. And here lies the main meaning line of this parable. (Żywe bowiem jest słowo Boże, skuteczne… Komentarze biblijne do czytań na rok A, S.Ormanty TChr, Hlondianum, Poznań 2007, 313). What is the quality of your forgiveness for yourself and others? What does this parable encourage you in your life situation, where you are? Which debtor are you more aware of? 

  1. Divine Mercy

God loves you and he first comes to you and forgives your sins, faults. He does it out of love. For him, forgiveness is always a profit, meaning an ever-renewed relationship with a human being. Jesus’ reply: <<Not seven times, but I tell you, seventy-seven times.>>, introduces an infinite amount of forgiveness – always. God does not tire of forgiving. What moves me about this attitude of Jesus?

  1. A small step

Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium in point 44 wrote: … A small step, in the midst of great human limitations, can be more pleasing to God than a life which appears outwardly in order but moves through the day without confronting great difficulties. Everyone needs to be touched by the comfort and attraction of God’s saving love, which is mysteriously at work in each person, above and beyond their faults and failings.

Forgiveness is a process that needs time and continuous re-starting by taking small steps.  Rather, forgiveness is about my inner attitude towards the other person, so that my feelings will not grow in me, which will stimulate me to some kind of revenge, to get back on the other person, but I will be able to say with more and more calmness that I wish well to my culprit. The gradual forgiveness adds hope that you can do it. What moves or touches you in this?

 

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)

 

Mt 23,1-12

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: chair (cathedral)

Ask for the fruit of meditation: to be true (humble) with Jesus 

1. … but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to beat, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them

Jesus draws attention to the two-track function of the Scribes and Pharisees and encourages them do whatever they teach you and follow it. In what sphere of life do you experience personal dualities, and what can you do to make Jesus more consistent? You can ask Jesus during this prayer.Notice, too, that Jesus, speaking of this two-track, tells you to keep whatever the Pharisees say. That is, looking at a broader perspective, he encourages us to take for ourselves what bring us the greater good. We can often meet reactions in ourselves and in others to authorities such as: how can he / she tell us something like that if he / she does so badly!  Yet Jesus speaks … you can listen to such people but not follow their actions. How is it in you in this context?  

 

2. They do all their deeds to be seen by others.

It is good to experience acceptance, affirmation, and being wanted from the beginning of your existence. Each of us desire this condition consciously or unconsciously. Unfortunately, the participation of each creature is marked by a crack, which we call the Original Sin and its consequences. The desire to be important, noticed, appreciated can arouse in us a certain “theatricality” of being, fascination, adulteration in various living spaces. What tendencies do you notice in yourself? It can contribute to our submission, the fear of setting boundaries, the tendency to self-exaltation, to actions that prove that I must earn acceptance. More generally, this desire, while good in itself, can be very destructive to ourselves. What tendencies do you notice in yourself? Allow yourself to be with it in front of Jesus who takes it upon himself and transforms it constantly. Let yourself be with it before Jesus, who took it and changed it.  

 

3.The greatest among you will be your servant. Answer the question – and what does it mean to serve? – is in Jesus’ life – in his way of experiencing all reality. We learn this attitude by being selfless (motivated – intending) being with Jesus. Prayer is a time “lost” to being with Jesus. It transforms.

 

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)

 

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: Jesus teaches disciples how to pray. See where they are, maybe someone accompanies them. Maybe you are with them …

Ask for the fruit of meditation: let me trust God more and more 

 

1.And in praying do not babble … that they will be heard because of their many words … Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

The above words say what kind of relationship God wants with us and how much He knows us and our needs, and that I do not have to make any effort to talk about all the shortcomings and needs. I can let myself just be and experience His presence. Not because of my words, I will be heard, and not because of my merits, but because I am His beloved child. Or maybe God also wants to be heard, understood, maybe He does not want to be only a <<fulfiller>>, <<satter>> of my demands and needs. Maybe He also wants my attention, my presence, my listening…See what is your prayer? Maybe now in the Lent it is worth verifying your prayer, your motivations – why do you pray, what is your perseverance and regularity in prayer …

 

2.     Trust.

Our prayer, spoken very consciously, can arouse various emotions in us, not necessarily those which we would call pleasant. They can be difficult to accept completely, among others words: Thy will be done (we want to, but we are nervous if our plans do not go out), give us our daily bread today (does it sometimes seem to us that we get a different bread than we need?). Only by learning more and more trust can we feel greater and greater consent to the prayers contained in our Father’s prayer. Take a look at yourself as you say the words of this prayer: what do they give birth to you, what do they say about your trust in him?

 

3.     If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.

Forgiveness is a difficult topic for most of us and is often confused with oblivion. To forgive, however, does not mean to forget, but to accept the fact that I have been hurt. To forgive means to decide that I will no longer cherish my wrong and that I may be able to wish the culprit well. But look at yourself today, because perhaps the most difficult thing is to forgive yourself. You have confessed, you know that God has forgiven you, but you still bear the guilt. Forgiving yourself and others gives you freedom, gives you the opportunity not to stay stuck in the past, but to be in the present and make a step towards the future.If you find it difficult to forgive yourself or others, arouse in yourself today a desire to forgive.

 

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)

Mt 21, 28-32

 

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 father and two sons in the apartment. The father tells his sons to go and work in his vineyard. One son answers affirmatively to his father’s request and the other refuses. Then they do exactly the opposite of their answers

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the experience that I am a beloved son / daughter of God

 

  1. My attitude.

Today’s Gospel speaks of obedience to God the Father. Both sons symbolize the disciples of Jesus to whom he announces the will of God. Tax collectors, prostitutes, or sinners who were considered alienated from God, rebelled at first, but later fulfilled God’s will. The leaders of the nation of Israel were considered those who are closest to God, know the commandments and the Holy Scriptures, but they did not confirm them by their actions, they rejected God’s will. God’s will is not only to accept the Gospel, but to adapt it to life: patient fulfillment of our duties, faithfulness to prayer, looking for greater good in our daily lives and the relationships in which we are. This passage clearly shows us that God is present not only in thoughts, theories, but most of all things in real facts. Thus, Love is shown more in deeds than in words (St. Ignatius of Loyola).

Who are you in the meditated scene? Which son are you? In what situations and relationships are you more like the first son and which are you more like second son? Why?

 

  1. Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.

These are God’s words to you today. How you accept them may depend on what image of God you carry in you: is he a judge who threatens you with a penalty, is he a thief who wants to take away your plans, is he a Santa Claus who is to fulfill your cravings, or an accountant who scrupulously writes down everything you do, whether is he the Merciful Father who loves his children and desires good and happiness for them, who extends his hand to you and is born in you every day? Going further, notice that your perception of your life, what God is inviting you to do, depends on this image. Religiousness, rituals, devotional mantle with which we can sometimes cover our true motivations also depend on this image of God the Father.

What image of God do you carry within you? Maybe today you need to verify it… to experience that you truly are his beloved son, beloved daughter.

 

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)

 

 

Mt 1,1-16.18-23

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 your family, a photo of someone from your past

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the courage to live with Christ and for the complete acceptance of what is my history (if it is difficult ask for the desire to accept what is your history) 

 

1.     My history

Perhaps the meditated passage makes no sense to you at first sight. However, it is worth looking deeper to see that the family of Jesus is not sacred in the human sense. It is still a history of salvation. God is everywhere and works through everyone. The story of Jesus’ family is marked by the sin and deceitfulness of their ancestors (remember the story of Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar, with whom he had children or story of the prostitutes Rahab). Jesus’ ancestors were also people who were not perfectly alive and today we can say they had difficulty obeying God’s 10 commandments. Jesus was not born in the palace, but in a manger. This story gives us a lot of hope that our families are also marked by sin, difficulties, that we have our fears, fears for our children and the future. All this does not bother God, His Presence in our lives.Look at your family history – remember the names, events, and see that everything that was, even if it seems difficult, has affected you today and you can be alive today.

2.      Salvation, reconciliation

The family history from the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew shows that everything that happened led to Jesus, to salvation. Christ came to reconcile the world to save, not to throw away somethingLook inside yourself: what is going to God in you and what is not going to God. How can you reconcile and save everything that is within you so that it can serve together for the greater glory of God?

3.     Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace …

Joseph found himself in a difficult situation, unenviable. He could feel betrayed, cheated by Mary. Still, he does not want to expose her to public disgrace. So, he is looking for a way out of this situation, to provide Mary with respect, save her as a human being. Joseph gives us a beautiful example of realizing the commandment of love.In different life situations we also have the right to feel anger, regret, feel betrayed, but we should let us keep our dignity to the other person. How do you deal with such situations? How do you accept another person? What does Joseph teach you today?On the other hand, let us note that despite Joseph’s first assumption of betrayal of Mary, it turns out that the situation is different. The thought that arises in us doesn’t always good.  What is your ability to explain misunderstandings to others and yourself? How do you verify the truth of your thoughts?

4.     For reflection…

… phrase of Ignatius Loyola: He who makes a mistake, let him not be spirited, because mistakes help for the health of the soul. (St. Ignatius encourages reflection, drawing conclusions and constant openness to God’s action.)

 

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)