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Meditation 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: for the ability to love others more

1. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

a) First, I encourage you to think about who you call your enemy or persecutor. Is it not so often that we regard our enemy as someone, who disagrees with us, has a different opinion from us, has different political and religious views? Or is he who does not answer with a smile to our smile, respond to our request negatively, who does not meet our expectations? Is he really an enemy? Or is the right of another person to be different than us, is the right of another person to his desires, to his views, beliefs, isn’t it?

Who is your enemy and why are you calling him an enemy?

b) Look at yourself: who are you for yourself: your enemy or friend? How do you treat yourself, what do you think about yourself? God looks at you as his most beautiful and beloved child. Look at yourself with the eyes of God, as you can.

c) The word love has been used in today’s pericope in the sense of agape love. This means that it is not feelings that we identify with love, but it is rather specific actions. To love the enemy means  to want him good, not revenge. You do not need to feel lofty feelings in yourself for the person from whom you have suffered, it is very difficult, but after passing the time of forgiveness, come to the point where you can say with full inner consent that you wish this person good.

Revise your understanding of words to love your neighbor.

2. … for he makes his sun rise on the evil  and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

From these words it follows that there is a place on earth for everyone. Every man is God’s creature and God loves everybody. He gives the same good to each of his love. 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 place for difficult and pleasant feelings, in which there is a palce for good and unpleasant events. It may be worth merging, combining what seems difficult to accept, accepti…

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 10,7-13

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 and their disciples travel the road from city to city. Then Jesus begins tells his disciples that their task is to proclaim the Good News. However, they are not allowed to take with them any means of payment, bags or additional tunics. See how disciples accept it? Maybe you’re with them too.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for trust in Jesus

1.Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, ot two tunics …

Jesus sends disciples to preach the Word of God. He does not allow them to take extra bags with them or care too much about gold or other means of payment. Why? Why is Jesus calling for poverty and what is it? Is it sometimes a concern for material security, psychological, that does not stop us from seeing the goal to which we should strive? The more we accumulate, the more we protect it. The more we stick to our thinking patterns, our limiting beliefs, our fears the more our bags become and the less attention we can give to God. So it is not about getting rid of everything, but in order to have freedom that will allow us to first of all care for the purpose of our journey and thus go beyond our own comfort zone.

What is your luggage, what do you wear in it? Get out of what hinders you from establishing closer and closer relations with God, with others.

2. As you enter the house, greet it. If the house is worthy, let your peacetime upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 

a. Jesus tells his disciples to greet the house they enter. It can be said in a modern language that disciples are to wish well and then its inhabitants will receive peace, that is, a sense of deep security, trust and joy. Think about what your greeting words mean, good morning, welcome -with what intention do you say them? How does it affect your message and reception by another person? What does your greeting cause in another person: peace or anxiety?

b. Sometimes, although we give a broadly understood peace to someone, or we receive it ourselves, we can not accept it. This peace can be a good word, praise, compliment …  a gift from another person. What bothers you and what helps in accepting this gift? What is your openness and courage to accept it? What courage do you have in yourself to give such gifts to someone?

3. In the Gospel Jesus sends his disciples to proclaim the Good News. Today, now Jesus asks you to bring this Good News to your loved ones, those whom you will meet today. What specific tasks (it does not mean unattainable or spectacular, it can be a smile to someone, it can be an acceptable look, maybe a good meal …) Jesus invites 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 17,1-11a

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 staying with the community of disciples around Jerusalem. After a long teaching, Jesus begins to pray to God the Father. Listen to this prayer, be present in this scene.

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

1. … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

a. Jesus gives an explanation of what eternal life is all about. It is know God and Jesus Christ. What does know mean? In the online dictionary of the Polish language, the word to know is translated as: to get a message about something, to understand something as a result of observation or direct experience. Looking at the above explanations, think about how you get to know God, how do you know him? What is your experience of God, how does it allow you to understand God more and more, his actions in your life?

b. Look at your relationship with other people: how do you recognize him? How do you understand the other person, her/his world, her/his perception of reality? What is your openness to accepting other people’s otherness?

2. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.

Jesus says how he shows glory to his Father – by doing what the Father gives him. Therefore, we also show glory to God, when we fulfill his will, we perform our duties, we accept our everyday life, we accept another human being. We do not run away from the hardships, uncomfortable relationships, the monotony of the day, but we seek what brings us closer to God.

In this context, think about how you show God the glory.

3. The whole fragment of the mediated pericope is the prayer of Jesus. In this prayer Jesus intercedes for his disciples: I am asking in their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the word, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. Jesus also prays for you. Read this sentence by inserting your name: I am asking in (put your name here) behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the word, but on behalf of (put your name here) whom you gave me.

What do you feel, what this prayer of Jesus awakens in 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 16,5-11

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 stays with his disciples in the Upper Room all the time and prepares them for his departure and the coming of the Holy Spirit. See the Upper Room, look at Jesus and the disciples. Feel the atmosphere of this place, those moments of farewell to Jesus. Be in the upper room with the disciples and Jesus.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for internal consent to the purification processes that bring me closer to Jesus

1. Purifying.

Jesus must go away so that the Holy Spirit can come to judge the world. This judgment does not consist in condemning the world, but in purifying it from sin, so that the world will become capable of more and more fruitfulness. Purifying itself is not an easy and painless process, but it leads to the reconciliation of the world.

Each of us is subjected to such a process of purification, so that integration will take place in us through the understanding and acceptance of our life story, the world of feelings, and the reception of reality. The purifying process will allow us to live in God’s fuller joy. Look inside yourself: what areas of yours need purification, what acceptance do you have for it? Let this process be, it will help you live in greater freedom, joy in God.

2. Where are you going?

Jesus tells disciples that no one asks him where he is going. It is puzzling that the students do not ask a question, as if they did not want to know, they were afraid to know. Getting to know the truth requires asking questions. Faith requires questions. Our life requires asking questions. How many misunderstandings in families are because we do not ask, just guess and expect others to guess too. They will not do it! It is worth to accept and accept.

Think what questions you carry in yourself, what answers do they need – from whom? What questions do you want to ask Jesus today? You have time now – ask …

3. Jesus will go to his Father in a moment. Save today with the Resurrected Christ, so you can … Maybe he needs your company.

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, 27-31a

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 with his disciples. See the place where they are staying: maybe this is an apartment – how it looks, notice how and where Jesus and his disciples are in this room. Look at disciples. Jesus tells them about his departure. It does not have to be a happy message for them. Someone who is close to them, someone who they trust and who they love – now  leave them. They do not necessarily have to understand Jesus’ words, they may not know what the peace they get from him is. Be in this scene with the disciples and Jesus.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for the experience of peace, which is the result of a living relationship with the risen Christ

1. Loss and new.

Jesus prepares disciples for his departure. He must leave because he loves his Father and fills His will to the end. But he will not leave the disciples alone, he will send them the Holy Spirit. They probably do not understand this, they do not know yet that this departure does not have to mean a loss, or only loss, but it is connected with obtaining something new.

It is similar in our lives. Many times we do not understand losses (different losses: existential, connected with human and material relations, or our patterns or even values) that we experience, maybe we can not even see the shadow of light that comes in these situations. Look at the losses you have experienced – what have you gained thanks to them? Talk to Jesus about it.

2. Peace.

Peace  I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Peace is one of the gifts of the resurrected Jesus. It does not mean an external peace, no conflicts or wars. Its meaning is associated with a sense of inner, deep safeness and certitude, that I am rooted in Christ. Peace is, therefore, sharing your gift of faith, life, joy resulting from your relationship with God.

What does the presence of Christ bring into your life, what gifts you receive from Him? What is your peace? Where do you find it? What peace do you give to others?

3. Understanding.

Disciples do not understand all of Jesus’ words, but he does not blame them. He explains and gives the right them to not understand. What do you not understand in your life or in matters concerning your faith? Talk to Jesus about it. Ask and wait for his answer.

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 15,9-17

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: Jesus is with his disciples. See the place: maybe they are in a room – how does it look like: what are furniture, what are colorful on the wall;  maybe  it is a beautiful weather and their conversation takes place outdoors, in a meadow, among greenery. Look at the disciples, their attitude, listening them. Look at Jesus – how he speaks, whether he gesticulates, what his voice is, what he is wearing. Jesus is talking about love, listen to this conversation. Maybe you’re there too …

Ask for the fruit of meditation:  for the experience of God’s love

1. … abide in my love.

These are the words of Jesus. We can ask a question, maybe a little provocative, why should I abide in Jesus’ love? Is it only because it is written or because of my fear if I do not last, that I will certainly be condemned, or is there another reason, perhaps because of my love for him? In everyday life we are staying with someone we know, with whom we have a strong bond, then this lasting does not become a compulsion and a burden, and we are his slaves, but it is our decision, our conscious choice (although it is not synonymous with a constant feeling of pleasant mental state). How is your relationship with Jesus? What is your motivation to abide in Jezus love ?

2. … I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 

I think you have friends, at least one and I’m not talking about Jesus or Mary, but about alive people, you can see and touch. How does your relationship look like? What do your meetings look like? What do you give each other? What are you talking about?

In this passage Jesus calls you a friend because he gave you all to know. Look how it is amazing! Does not being a friend influence the way we perceive our relationship with him? Is it not that we would like Jesus to arrange everything for us and ensure health, prosperity and many other matters? But can we than talk about a friendship? Should we look for it in friendship? Now, in this context, review your relationship with Jesus, as your friend.

3. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. 

St. Ignatius Loyola says that love is shown more in deeds than in words. Now notice these gestures of love that you get from other people (for example, someone made you tea, gave your time to talk to you …) and thank for them and for the people you meet on your way. God is coming to you through them.

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: Capernaum, a settlement of several thousand inhabitants on the Sea of Galilee. Residents engaged in fishing, agriculture and trade. So you can see boats, fishing nets, trade stands, somewhere in the distance people working in the field. People from Tiberias come to this town to get Jesus. They are looking for him. They make a conversation with Jesus, ask questions – listen. Find yourself in this scene, maybe you also want to participate in this conversation.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: I ask for my desire  to trust Jesus more

  1. Signs.

People who were looking for Jesus probably expected his signs greater than those which the Israelites received from Moses. So they ask: what more Jesus can give them than bread from heaven. These signs are to convince them to believe in God.

It is worth considering why they need probably bigger signs to believe. What is it about them that the very presence of Jesus is an insufficient sign for them to believe. So what are their expectations and what do them allow to satisfy expectations to believe in God.

We also look at each other: what signs do I need and why, to enter into a deeper relationship with God? People who live with each other, connect their ties, communicate their presence through different signs, which maybe it is sometimes easier to see than those that come from God. What signs can I see from God who is alive, present all the time and through which he communicates with me?

2. Spiritual food.

Jesus speaks of himself as the Bread of Life, which everyone can enjoy. What is your spiritual food in your everyday life, what gives you strength to live (maybe some concrete prayer, maybe silence, maybe a conversation, maybe some book or walk …)?

3. Encounter.

Imagine that Jesus asks you: what should I do to help you to be in a closer relationship with me? What will you answer?

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 3,7-15

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: The evening, it is already dark outside. The meeting scene can take place in the garden. A campfire is burning. See and hear the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Maybe Nicodemus was surprised, maybe dissatisfied with the words of Jesus. How did Jesus react? Maybe you are with them.

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

1. You must be born from above.

This phrase is translated in two ways: “to be born again” or “to be born from above”. The first understanding underlines the radical transformation of life resulting from trust in Jesus, and the second means that spiritual life is a gift from God, not something you can earn (see New Testament for Moderators, Vocatio, page 226, footnotes).

a) A radical change in life does not mean that you have to change your husband, wife, religion or leave your job. It refers rather to a change in the way of thinking, perceiving the world, their duties, their everyday life, other people and themselves. This change concerns finding the will of God in the reality in which you are now, asking yourself questions: why do I do something, what will be the greater good, which brings me closer to Christ? This change is based on trust. Think about what does it mean „ to be born above” in your life.

b) Spiritual life is a gift from God and you can not earn it.  Do we sometimes act in our lives as if we wanted to earn God’s love? Even more prayers, even more services, even more sacrifices for …. God loves you. If you are making something, it is only so that you can get to know God and get closer to him. He is with you. Did you have to do something to wake up today and get out of bed? I think not. This is one of the gifts you have already received. Look what other good things you have got from God today.

2. … that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

God wants us to experience his love and eternal life now. Eternal life is knowing God and his mercy. Meet Christ now to get to know him more.

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 18,1-19,42

In Holy Week, I invite you to reflect on the Passion of the Lord according to the gospel of Saint. John, which will be read on Good Friday. It is a long text for one meditation. I suggest that, starting from today, you should consider a fragment of a passage every day or read slowly slowly word by word imagining the scenes described, as if you were participating in them. Also use footnotes, they are also important. When meditating, you can use the following punctuation.

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 before Pilate. Here is a trial that has the characteristics of a formal court hearing. However, it is not conducted properly, because the prosecutors are unable to give the reason for putting Jesus in court. More in the process, it comes to the paradoxical situation in which Jesus would have to say that the is accused of … See the place of this hearing where the governor sits Roman, where prosecutors and where Jesus is. Listen to the shouts of the crowd, Pilate’s questions to Jesus and Jesus’ answers. See what Jesus looks like. He can be very tired, sweaty, thirsty.

The image in meditation can change depending on the meditated fragment.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: for getting to know Jesus and emphatizing with him

  1. Responsibility.

Jesus is led to Pilate, who condemns him to death. He is run by people who want Pilate to judge him according to their calculation, according to their measure. At the same time they consider themselves very god-fearing, so that they do not want to enter the headquarters. They prefer that someone else does what they are demanding, they want to have clean hands, they run away from responsibility. They can say: it was not me who gave the sentence to Jesus.

How is it in your life? You were supposed to do … I did not touch anything, I did not touch … I did not say it, I just asked myself … What responsibility do you carry for your actions, behavior, words?

  1. Anxiety and courage.

Listen to Pilate’s dialogue with Jesus. Jesus talks with everyone in the same way. He is calm, confident in his opinion and ready to bear the consequences. It does not mean that he has no fear in himself, some kind of disagreement about what is happening. He is, however, above all aware of the closeness of the Father, his love and the Father gives him courage.

Look at Jesus, see His fear and peace at the same time. What is your hope, an inner light that gives courage in dealing with difficult situations?

  1. Humiliation.

Feel Jesus’ emotions (internal feelings). Do not concentrate only on pain, blood and wounds. See how specific people, hands humiliate Jesus, rob off his clothes, how can a man humble himself, rob him and leave him naked. Perhaps Jesus needs your gaze with love and compassion. You can give it to him …

How do you show you show compassion and love for yourself, your loved one? What is your openness to understanding other people?

  1. Way of the Cross.

The beam that Jesus carried was probably a passerby, used for execution. It could be covered  by sweat, tears, other people’s blood. See how Jesus carries this beam of blood and try walk very slowly with him. See also how Jesus loses his strength. You can be Szymon from Cyrene.                                                

Jesus wants you to be with him. How can you help Him? Give him your presence.

How do you give your presence, mindfulness to your relatives, wife, husband, children, parents, people you meet?

  1. It happened.

There is no happy ending, Jesus dies. You can escape from terror, you can fasten and organize a funeral ceremony. You can also just be. If you have strength, be it. If you want to cry, then cry. If you want to hold Jesus’s hand, hold it. Above all, however, be like 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 J 8,21-30

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: Imagine a place where Jesus meets the Jews: maybe it’s a square in a city around which there are buildings, trees, maybe people are walking somewhere. Jesus once again announces his death. The gathered Jews, however, do not understand what Jesus says. Perhaps you can see the surprise on their faces, because they suspect even that Jesus wants to kill himself. Jesus begins to speak of himself as the Son of God. Listen to this dialogue. Be present in this scene.

Ask for the fruit of meditation: that I desire to believe and trust God more and more 

  1. Loneliness and misunderstanding.

Jesus meets people who have listened to him many times and seen him with their life and seen how Jesus have given testimony of God, but they still do not understand his words. Are the words of Jesus really so incomprehensible, or is there another reason that does not allow the Jews to understand him? What can this misunderstanding result from? Jesus does not live in solitude, he has friends, he meets people. You can live in the crowd but feel lonely, It is a difference to be among people and to live with others in full trust, strong emotional, spiritual and psychological ties. Jesus does not give in to despair, he does not ask why, he only warns against unbelief.

A. Look at Jesus’ loneliness, how he deals with it, what helps him, gives strength. Maybe you want to accompany Jesus, help him in difficult times, just as you can and feel.

B. Look at your life, your professions in life, meeting with incomprehension or moments of loneliness. How do you deal with these moments? What you need? Where do you get the strength to keep moving forward so that you do not hide in your pain?

  1. Trust and faith.

Finding Jesus is possible only through faith. At the end of dialogue in this pericope, Jews begin to believe in Jesus as the Son of God. What could have happened, what did Jesus say that the attitude of the Jews was changing? Or maybe what happened in the way of listening people, in their hearts, in looking at themselves, at Jesus, at others, in hearing Jesus that faith is beginning to grow in them?

A. Look at your attitude towards loved ones: what builds your trust, what is your openness to understanding the other, what builds closeness with others, what effort it requires from you.

B. How do you care for your faith in God? What specific activities do you undertake, which nurture your relationship with him and help in getting to know God and building trust more and more?

3.  Who are you?Meet Jesus and think about who he is for you. You can talk to him 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)