Sunday, December 10, 2017

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 10 December 2017
Second Advent Sunday (B)

I pause each day for 15 minutes.
  • rest in our triune God.

  • I speak to the Divine persons, or I say nothing.

Give comfort to my people!...Prepare the way of the Lord!
(first reading)

Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation!

According to Gods promise
we await new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, since you await these things,
strive to be peace in God.
(second reading)

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God!
 I ask Jesus’ Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart. I let myself fall into the mystery of Jesus: God embodied in flesh, blood, bone, emotion. I chat with Jesus about myself and what his words reveal to me.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for grace to lose myself in his love that transforms every relationship—with creation, with others, with God.

  • I ask John the Baptizer to present me to Jesus.

  • I open my heart to him and chat with him:
  1. I praise Jesus for embodying God in human flesh, bone and emotion; 
  2. I thank him for calling me to join him and his mission.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to lose myself in his love that transforms every relationship—with creation, with others, with God.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave me his words as my guide to walk eagerly in his steps of his kindness, comfort, mercy and peace. His prayer reminds me I enjoy already his kindness, comfort, mercy and peace and will enjoy them fully at his glorious return.

Aware of my feelings and emotions which surfaced as I conversed with Jesus:
  • After my prayer, I jot down my reactions; the way Jesus was toward me; what I have noticed; and I look forward to tomorrow.

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A Note on Jotting My Prayer Reactions
  1. I do not force myself to write.
  2. I do not force a certain style of writing. (Some people keep diaries; longer entries come easily or naturally. Others write a word or a phrase; a summary is all they need.)
  3. I keep at hand the kind of prayer-record (diary; loose-leaf binder; 3x5 spiral pad; computer; smartphone) which is most conducive for me.
  4. I date each entry.
  5. Periodically--after a week; after a month; after a liturgical season, for example--I review my jottings. They form a record of both my praying, and more importantly, the Trinity's graces given me.