Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . .

. . .of 15 Jan 2017
Second Sunday of the Year (A)

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

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

I will make you a light to the nations!
(first reading)

Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will!

You...have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy,
with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
(second reading)

Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
 I ask Jesus Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart. I give my attention to John the Baptizer. Can I name what draws me to him?  How am I present with them? What do I notice--about him; about myself? What do I desire? I chat with him, Jesus, his Spirit or all of them about my desire.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for grace to announce him by all my choices, actions and speech.

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

  • I open my heart to him and chat with him:
  1. praise Jesus for dying and rising for me;
  2. I thank him for welcoming me to share in his mission to make known his Father and his Father’s dream for all people, for all creation.

  • I ask Jesus for grace to announce him by all my choices, actions and speech.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave it to me so I might point others to him.

Aware of my feelings and emotions which surfaced as I conversed with Jesus:
  • Finally, 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.