Sunday, January 14, 2018

Spiritual Exercise of the Week. . .

. . .of 14 January 2018
Second Sunday of the Year (B)

I pause each day for 15 minutes.
  • pause in the company of our triune God creating me each moment.

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

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening!
(first reading)

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

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?
But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him.
(second reading)

The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
 I ask Jesus’ Spirit to enlighten my mind and my heart.
I let myself marvel at the various ways God has and continues to draw near to me in Jesus. I recall what attracts me to Jesus.

I give myself to my spiritual exercise:
I ask Jesus for the grace to respond more freely to his constant invitation to share his life and mission.

  • I ask Andrew, Simon Peter and John to present me to Jesus.

  • I open my heart to him and chat with him:
  1. I praise him for becoming human for me;
  2. I thank him for inviting me to share his life; 
  3. consider what attracts me to Jesus.

  • I ask Jesus for the grace to respond more freely to his constant invitation to share his life and mission.

  • I close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer he has given me helps me share his mind and attitude and to live it.

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.