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This talk draws us into the Fourth Week of the Exercises and explores a question Jesus asks of all of us: do you love me? We begin this episode in Jesus’ tomb and consider the Paschal path – that path of success, misunderstanding, suffering, death, and redemption that we all experience. We witness Jesus resurrected and allow him to continue transforming our lives through the gifts of joy and consolation that the resurrection offers. And, to conclude our retreat, we engage the Contemplation to Attain Divine Love, a prayer made in gratitude that inspires us to continue our journey of partnership with a good and loving God.
- John 21:15-17
- John 20:1-29
- Luke 24:13-35
- Matthew 28: 16-20
- The Suscipe Prayer
Take Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will – all I have and possess. You have given all to me, and I give it all back to you, God – it’s all yours. Do with it what you will. Give me only your love and your grace – that’s enough for me.
Points for reflection:
- Where do you find yourself on the Paschal Path right now?
- When have you found yourself or someone near you in the tomb?
- When Jesus asks you if you love him, how do you respond?
- When you contemplate God’s love for you, what consolation arises? What gifts do you recognize? What do you feel called to give back?