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Meditation 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: Jesus is sitting on the mountain. A crowd of people around him. You are there too. See what Jesus looks like, hear his tone of voice. Jesus is talking about the gate and those who enter through it, to be closer to God. Look at sitting people, see their faces, reactions.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the desire to seek the will of God

1. Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.

Do you do it in your life? When you are doing something for the other person, do you consider his/her situation, his/her desires? Are you guided by the greater glory of God?I encourage you to implement this principle in your everyday life this week, not only in your relations to those who are close to you and you have pleasant relationships, but also in relations to those which are difficult to you.

2. Each of us goes through gates many times in our lives, which lead us to the closer relationship with God. The gate is not big, so before we get through it, we have to dump the luggage that we carry on our backs. What is this luggage? Maybe schemata, beliefs, addictions? Or maybe, you must only desire God’s love, want to be as close to God as possible to go through the gate?
See your gate. Jesus now wants to lead you through your gate. Let Jesus guide you through it. He does because he loves you.

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)

Meditation Mt 5, 43-48

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 sits on the mountain slope. A crowd of people surround him. You are there too. Jesus speaks of love for enemies. He looks at everyone with love. Also for you. Look at him and listen to his words. Notice how his words move you.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the grace of love for yourself and your neighbors

 1. … love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, because God makes his sun rise on the bad and the good..

We are all one in the eyes of God. He surrounds everyone with his love and wants everyone to experience it without exception. Each of us is his beloved child.

a. It is easy to love those who love us. It is much harder to think well of those from whom we have experienced some harm. See those people who you feel sorry for, feel hurt by them. Accept your feelings. See what you have taught through these difficult situations, what these situations said valuable about you. Look again at these people, thank them for it. If you cannot do this, ask God  for the grace of thanksgiving. Remember that Christ lives in each of them as well as in you.

b. It is often the case that our greatest enemy is not our neighbor, but we ourselves. Our internal critic is our greatest enemy. Look at yourself with gentleness and love, as a best friend. Accept yourself with your weaknesses and strengths. Think what a good flows from your weaknesses, what a good do they show you? Thank God for yourself and for who you are.

2. Sit next to Jesus. Listen to his words about the love of your enemies. See how they resonate in you. Talk to Jesus about it.

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)

Meditation 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:  See the crowd of people on the mountain slope. Some are standing, others are sitting. Jesus is also there. You are there too: maybe near Jesus. Jesus tells everyone that they are the salt of the earth and the light for the world. See how people listen to Jesus and respond to his words. How do you feel there?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the courage to respond to God’s invitations

1.You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world.Jesus tells you that you are extremely valuable. He calls you to be the salt of the earth and wants you to give the taste of holiness, love where you live, where you are now. What does it mean to you? How do you respond to his call?You are also light to enlighten the darkness, to give hope and joy to others to show God’s action. How do you do it? Where? Who are you the light to? What are you invited for?

2. No one is able to be light by himself. First you must be filled with it, you must let God fill you with his light. How do you create space for God’s light in you?

3. … your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds, and glorify your heavenly Father.

Look at yourself, at your last day and see your good deeds. See also the people you met, your relatives: what their good deeds do you see, what goods did you get from them (name deeds one by one)? Thank God for everything, 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)

Meditation Mk 12,13-17

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 Jerusalem. There is a temple and Jesus is in that temple now. Many people come to Jesus. At some point, the Pharisees and Herodians, sent by the scribes. come and star to talk to Jesus. Look at them, perhaps it will be clear that they did not come with pure intention. They want to ensnare Jesus in his speech. Listen to the answer of Jesus. Be present in this scene just as you can.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trust in Jesus

1.Why are you testing me?

The Pharisees want to catch Jesus in a verbal offense, they want to find an excuse to put a specific charge against him. Jesus knows that. However, he keeps calm: he only asks why they do it. Think about whether you notice similar situations in your life, in your behavior towards others? Why do they take place?

2. Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.

It can be said that these words mean that we should be honest and devoted to the cause we are dealing with. That is why there would be no mediocrity in our life. We cannot slide after life,  but we should  experience it, taste it. Refer this to you, see if and where there is mediocrity in your life. What is it manifesting? Why it is? What can you do and what do you need to live fully in God?

3. You don’t regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.

Jesus was guided by his Father’s will in all his earthly life. He knew that if he was doing it for the glory of God, he was always done for the good of each man. God is Love, so all actions of Jesus came from this Love and for this Love. The general request you are saying at the beginning of meditation talks about such purity of intent in our lives.See what you are guided in your own life, in your relationships, in your actions? Why are you doing something or not taking up? Let this reflection concern both personal and professional life, as well as the religious sphere.

4. They utterly amazed at him.

Look to Jesus and admire him as you can. Jesus also admires you. He loves you as you are here and now.

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)

Meditation Mk 10,28-31

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 and the disciples. Look at how they look, how they are dressed, how they relate to each other. Hear what they are talking about. Listen to how Jesus says that everyone who gives up their home, family, receives a hundred times more, he gets eternal life. Find yourself in this scene. Look, feel what Jesus’ words cause in you.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for internal freedom

1. … there is no one who  has gives up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake … who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age..

a. Jesus does not say to neglect his relatives, but that all our relationships, feelings, actions should be directed to the greater glory of God. You shouldn’t physically leave your home, your loved ones (though this may also be needed), but if you do not last in the relationships in which you are connected with the umbilical cord, you couldn’t care more about the relationship with Jesus than about your home. Perhaps Jesus once again wants to make us aware that he should be at the center of our lives, because only then our relationships and matters have their proper place in our lives. So maybe you should leave the house and others to love them again, to enter into new relationships full of God’s Love?What can this mean for you, your relationships, your marriage (what can you give your husband as a wife, so that the husband would feel loved by you, what can you give your wife, let her be loved as a husband)?

b. Jesus’ words can be applied not only to relationships, external things. Perhaps even more they relate to our attachments, certain habits, areas that we keep under control such as our emotional sphere, our reasons, which we defend at all costs? See those spaces in you that are difficult to leave. Ask Jesus for help in regaining freedom in these places to make space for God.

c. Note that if we do not cling to home, ourselves, others, we become more open to what we meet in life. Our eyes become more open, we can see more, hear more, in our heart we can find more spaces for others. This makes us get more good to share it. What specific goods have you received today? Realize that everything you have received is an expression of God’s love for you. Thank for that.

2. But many that are first will be last, and (the) last will be first.

God’s Kingdom is not of this world. What according to human law is first, according to God’s law may be the last. God’s Kingdom is ruled by the law of the heart. It’s a completely different law. Look at yourself according to God’s law, as a loving God looks – Father for you, for whom you are the first. What you see?

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)

Meditation Mk 9,30-37

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 goes to Capernaum through Galilee with his disciples. See the way they follow. Jesus does not want anyone to know about their journey. He wants to teach his disciples and to tell them again about his impending departure. Listen to them talking about it. Look at disciples. They do not understand Jesus’ words. What’s more, they are arguing with each other. Where are you in this scene?

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

1. But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.

Why? What attitude did the disciples adopt? What could be their fear caused by? Maybe they did not want to hear, understand and feel what was difficult for them. They wanted to deaden  what might have been painful in themselves.Perhaps you sometimes react in a similar way to disciples? Not only for someone’s words, but also for the difficulties you have in yourself (everyone has :)). The fear of coming into contact with difficult truth can be great. Perhaps it is worth not to focus on the fear, but to see what the confrontation with the difficulty can lead to. Perhaps it is a way leading you to freedom, love, and thus a deeper relationship with God?
See in yourself one thing that is difficult for you, which you do not want to understand as disciples did not want. What Goods can a confrontation with this thing give you? This will be your step forward that will allow you not to stagnate, but to accept surprises from the Lord (cf. apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate pt 139).

2. Disciples argued who is the greatest of them.

Is the fact that God has allowed each disciple (you too) to live, which he constantly supports, not enough for each disciple to feel the greatest? And yet it was not, if they argued. It is true that they were ashamed to admit it to Jesus. What is the difference between the understanding of the greatest of a human being by the disciples from the understanding of Jesus? What does it mean to be the greatest of man for you? Where do you look and find your true worth?

3. Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.

Each of us has within himself/ herself the child. Find the child in yourself. Ask for his/her desires, fears. Hug this child to yourself, embrace them. Your child needs your love. Jesus wants you to feel loved. Let Jesus cuddle to you, to your inner child. What do you feel? Thank you for this experience and talk to Jesus about it.

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)

Meditation J 10,11-16

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 together with his disciples sitting somewhere on the hill, on the green grass. Listen to Jesus’ story about the shepherd and the sheep. You can imagine this scene: a hired man who runs away seeing a wolf coming to the flock of sheep. The wolf easily catches the sheep and kidnaps. Then see how the good shepherd behaves: when he sees the coming wolf, he stands up for his sheep, and the wolf must go away without the prey. Where are you in this scene?

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I would like to be a good shepherd for myself and for others, just as Jesus is for me

1. A good shepherd takes care of his sheep, just like Jesus does. He cares for them, for their safety, he wants them to be happy. Each of us is a shepherd for our friends, relatives. What kind of shepherd are you to them? How do you care about them? What are you feeding them (it’s not only about groceries :), but something that gives them strength and support: your time, a good word, etc.)?

2. Each of us has different problems, difficulties, weaknesses, maybe thoughts that slander us, others. Sometimes we also get into distress, worse moods. How do we behave towards ourselves: as a hired man or as a good shepherd? Do we escape, hoping that prayer will do everything? In a sense, yes, but that’s why God gave us reason, hands, feet, other people to use it. How do you take care of yourself in difficult moments?

3. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep. He desires their unity and gives his life for them. In it manifests his radical love for man, for you. He also wants to be loved. Be with Jesus as you can, here and now.

 

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)

Meditation J 14,27-31

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 prepares disciples for his going away. Maybe they are in an apartment, maybe they are sitting around the table. Look at the disciples as they listen to Jesus, how they respond to his words. Maybe they are experiencing sadness, anxiety. Find a place for yourself in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for peace in my heart flowing from a relationship with God

1.Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.

According to the New Testament Dictionary, Xavier Leon-Dufour, we can read that, the essence of peace consists not only of the lack of war, of all confusion, but also of a kind of internal relaxation, the culprit of which is only the God of peace. The peace, that God gives, is not of this world.
What is the peace that Jesus gives to you? How do you feel and understand it? Jesus offered you peace, how do you use this gift? In what spaces, areas of life do you need more peace?

2. Jesus prepares disciples for his going away. He leaves to come again. Perhaps disciples feel sadness, anxiety, and loss. Jesus says to them, do not be afraid. It can be difficult for disciples to understand these words. It is natural that we feel fear of something new, different, before the change (the better one too).

a) Think about it, get insight you, in what places, spaces do you not step forward, not develop yourself because of your fear? What can you do to not follow the fear? You can start with very small changes that will take you to bigger ones over time. So what will you start with?

b) We have different images of God, created on the basis of our life story, life experiences. Perhaps today’s announcement of Jesus’s going out and the coming again is an encouragement for you to say goodbye to your image of God, in order to discover God anew, to enter into a new, changed relationship with Him.

3. Be for a few minutes, as you can, with Jesus, who offers you his love and peace.

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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Meditation J 10,22-30

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: Jerusalem in the winter is cool (about 5 ͦC) and it is often rainy. Jews celebrate the Hanukkah festival at the end of December. So, it’s crowded in Jerusalem, people have come to celebrate together for the next 8 days. Jesus is also there. He walks about in the temple area on the Portico of Salomon. He is surrounded by celebrating Jews and responds to their accusations and questions. Hear conversations, look at the figures from the picture. Feel the cold air. See where you are in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trusting God that I am His beloved child

1. How long are you going to keep us in suspense?… tell us plainly.

a) We do not like uncertainty, maybe even it causes us fear. It creates a certain state of tension, which is hard to bear. We would like to get rid of such a state so much, get know something. Even sometimes we say that if something will be unfavorable in our opinion, it would better to know because we would be able to continue working. Waiting is difficult. However, it is worth allowing yourself the courage to go in the frustration caused by uncertainty, maybe it is one of the tastes of our lives, maybe it is the time when something new is born, a new Good.

Remember your feeling of suspense. What was its source? How did you get through that state? What did it lead you to?

b) Sometimes, we build suspense in ourselves. Maybe we are challenging the truth, we are simply looking for arguments to undermine someone’s words, to make ourselves feel either unloved or the most special? It is just as difficult for us to accept the truth we hear as people in the fragment of John’s Gospel. After all, Jesus, to the question How long …, answers I already told you… So, they must have heard the answer, but not accepted it.

What are your intentions in conversations with others? Can you wait for an answer? Do you give yourself time to answer? How do you listen to others?

2. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me.

What kind of works do you prove to be a son / daughter of God? This is not a question about big charity events, religious events, from which flow help and good, but they can also feed the ego of people who are involved. Ask this question to your ordinary day.

3. I give them eternal life…

Jesus does not speak about eternal life in the future but in the present time. It does not sound like a promise, but it is something that is happening now. Jesus, at this moment, gives you eternal life in every second. What does it mean for you? How do you understand eternal life? How do you experience this eternal life?

4. … no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.

There is no suspense here. It is a total certainty that God loves You as you stand before Him today. Feel secure in God’s hands and feel His love for you.

 

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)

Meditation J 6,30-35

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: Jesus is in Capernaum, across the sea. People on boats come to him. They are looking for Jesus. When they meet him, they are surprised that he is here. Hear Jesus’ conversations with people, his answers and explanations regarding the Kingdom of God. Hear the sound of the sea, touch the sand at the sea. Find a place for yourself in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for my desire to draw strength from Christ – the only bread of life

1.What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?

We often need signs and confirmations that something is true. Not only in relation to God, but also in our human relations. Sometimes we hear or we say: if you like me, you love me  so  do it … or we charge: if I was important for you, you would definitely do something. We want confirmations. It’s so hard to trust others. Even to yourself. Why? Why is the fact of the presence of a second person not enough? What do you expect from others, what confirmations? What do you expect from God? What characters? Or maybe others, God give these signs, but they are not what you expect? What is your openness in yourself to recognize these signs and their acceptance, even if they are different than you would like?

2. I am the bread of life..

Jesus gives the world life. He came into the world, he became a man to teach us to live. So if he gives life to the world, as the bread of life, then we should give life to others. Our good word, searching for what it connects, extracting from other good, and not forbidding, sticking pins, pointing out mistakes is our giving life.

What is your daily spiritual menu? What are you feeding? What are you filling up with? What gives you life-giving energy?

What and how do you share with others? What bread do you give your loved ones?

3. thirst / desire

What are your desires (physical, spiritual, experiences of something more, etc.)? How do you satisfy them? Are there such spaces in you (what?), which constantly cry for more, which are unmet? Why? What do they need to not feel hunger and thirst? Look, maybe some of your hunger and thirst will never be satisfied, but will not be satisfied to the extent that you want to. Maybe it’s worth learning to live with this unsatisfied? What good and positive things can you get out of this?

4. Only Jesus can fill you. Only he can make you feel thirsty no more. Look at Jesus, feel his love and see his gaze. Tell him about your hunger and your desires. Ask him you will always desire to be filled by Christ, so that you always feel saturated.

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)