In the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises, we focus on the risen Christ. He has passed through the suffering of the cross and entered into his glory. Desiring that others share his joy, he goes about consoling all who were deeply shaken by his death. David ponders several scriptural accounts of resurrection encounters, as well as an imagined reunion between Jesus and Mary. He concludes with a light-hearted story of his own prayer at the empty tomb in Jerusalem.
Verse: I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)
Spiritual Exercise: Fourth Week
Suggested Scripture: Luke 24:13-35, John 20:19-29, Mark 16:1-8
- Questions for reflection:
- When the risen Jesus meets his mother, what does he say? What is Mary’s response?
- Can I allow the risen Christ to touch my deepest pain and bring me complete joy?
- What are the main graces I’ve received in this retreat? Are there any resolutions I feel called to make in light of those graces?