Journey into Freedom Day 40
Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.
Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly.
Setting: Another lively passage which is great to imagine yourself part of. You can be a disciple, a cheering member of the crowd, a disapproving Pharisee or even the donkey!
Luke 19:29-40 HCSB
As Jesus approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, He sent two of the disciples and said, “Go into the village ahead of you. As you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say this: ‘The Lord needs it.’”
So those who were sent left and found it just as He had told them. As they were untying the young donkey, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the donkey?” “The Lord needs it,” they said.
Then they brought it to Jesus, and after throwing their robes on the donkey, they helped Jesus get on it. As He was going along, they were spreading their robes on the road. Now He came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen:
The King who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!
Some of the Pharisees from the crowd told Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out!”
Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.
A Thought for Today: Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us. Charlotte Brontë
Why we suffer Desolation—Exercises 322
Ignatius gives us three reasons: 1. We have been lazy or negligent in our prayer; we have lost our focus.
2. God is testing us to see whether we will remain faithful if we are not rewarded with consolations. 3. To enable us to become aware of the fact that it is not within our power to attain intense love, tears, great devotion or any other spiritual consolation; these are God’s gift to us.