With this talk, the retreat transitions to the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Jesus Christ came to bring the kingdom of God to us. He calls us to work alongside him in building that kingdom. It’s a long-term project, and it can be challenging to keep motivated for that work. Pope Francis advises us to revisit our memories of the initial excitement of following Jesus. Mary’s use of memory, treasuring everything that happened to her in her heart, provides a model for us.
“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain.” (John 15:16)
- Spiritual Exercise: Contemplation on the Kingdom of Jesus Christ
- Suggested Scripture: Luke 2:1-19, John 1:35-51, Luke 5:27-32
- Questions for reflection:
- Are you at a place in your life where you feel enthusiastic and generous?
- Or do you feel lukewarm and have a complaining spirit?
- Are you excited about the kingdom of God coming into your work, your family, and your community?
- What do you need to do to stoke your passion for answering Jesus’ call?