Friday, March 21, 2014

Teach us to pray 15

Praying with the Bible: Ignatian Meditation

For more detail about Ignatian Meditation see here.

Be still and quiet. Thank God for being with you as you pray.
Read the Bible passage through a couple of times.
Close your eyes if this helps you to imagine the scene.
Ask yourself:
What can I see? Look around in your imagination- what is straight ahead of you, to the right, to the left? What are you standing or sitting on? What can you hear? What can you feel? What is the weather like? Imagine the scene as vividly as you can.
Then imagine the events of the story unfolding.
Where and who are you in this story? Are you a bystander? A disciple? At the heart of events or on the margins?
What do you say or do in response to the events of the story?
What does Jesus say or do?
How do you feel?
Allow yourself time to imagine the scene. If you find it difficult to let your imagination run free, try imagining yourself telling someone else what is happening.
Ponder your reactions  and share them with God in prayer, saying whatever it is you need to say, and listening for his response.

Read: Luke 23. 50-56

Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid. Then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments.
On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

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