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10 minutes with Jesus. Today: The supermarket

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10 minutes wih Jesus are group of Catholic priests who share friendship with Jesus, plus keenness to help young people of all ages to learn the art of loving Jesus and speaking to Him. You can find them in WhatsApp, Spotify, Ivoox, Telegram, Goggle Podcasts and Apple Podcast. Every saturday, we are going to share one meditation by 10 minutes with Jesus. Enjoy it.

My Lord and my God. I firmly believe that you are here; that you see me; that you hear me. I adore you with profound reverence. I ask you for pardon of my sins and grace to make this time of Prayer fruitful. My mother Immaculate, St. Joseph, my father and Lord, my guardian angel, intercede for me.

250 different flavors.

I was driving the other day and from my car I could see one of those advertisements that you see on the roads. That announced that there was a popcorn shop coming up in few miles. I was curious about the just the idea of a shop for popcorn so I pay attention. The more I was getting closer to the place in order to see it or to see more about it. And to my surprise when I was really close to it, I saw another sign referring to the same place saying we have 250 different flavors. And I thought to myself you got to be kidding me 250 different flavors for popcorn almost. I got to say I almost had a car accident just for the thought of that. And because I started thinking about how many flavors do,I know in general I was thinking maybe popcorn with the flavor of butter, or maybe peanut butter and jelly. And maybe chocolate vanilla, I don’t know. Then I stopped thinking because I was getting overwhelmed just we did he ever get into 250 different flavors and maybe this is something that applies in a way to my spiritual life.

My religion as a supermarket

I have the risk of thinking about my religion as a supermarket where I go and then I pick whatever adapts to me and instead of opening up to the reality of a god or a religion that changes me and purifies me. I domesticate you Jesus. Maybe it’s a subtle thought. Maybe is not openly that I say that but unconsciously I have the risk of reducing religion or you, my Lord, to my needs or to my whims. It is something that happens to everybody and I want to be aware of that and to pray about it with you. Today am I adapting to you or you add adapting to me? Because maybe I need to change and lent is a good time for doing that. In the gospel say look that people gathered around you, my Lord, and they were seeking. They were asking for a sign. Again the same idea of show me something entertain me and you didn’t enter into that game. You said this is an evil thought this is something that I cannot do. I don’t want to change you in a way that is spoiling you in your approach to me. You need to make an effort. You need to adapt to a new reality now: Maybe my Lord doing that I will learn how to purify my intentions.The gospel continues and says that you reacting in front of this idea of giving a sign. You said there’s no sign to be shown to you except the sign of Jonah and Joan is quite an interesting person. Each character in the Old Testament honored one of the things that we learn from Jonah is that he received guidance so maybe you are telling me if you want to get closer to Redemption, if you want to save your soul. I have a grace through the sacraments especially but also have guidance in the church. I have guidance. I have means that can help you to know yourself to improve to make atonement and this does use spiritual guidance like coaching.

Open to reality

I want to be open to this it really. Helps to have someone that is more objective to help myself to grow to purify my heart. I need human beings and those human beings are like me. They understand, they have experienced both. Francis in his message for lent this year says something. He mentions that in order to grow in a spiritual life, we cannot control the times and means of our conversion to Jesus. We cannot set the path by ourselves in other words. We need people. We are social by nature and this applies also to religion and to spiritual growth so my Lord. Help me to be humble enough to accept guidance. Tell me to be you know like you docile to someone else. When I think you with you as a child, when I think of you growing up in Jerusalem in Bethany, in Nazareth, I can see you learning from Joseph, learning from Mary, learning from others your trade.  Some parts of the Gospels say that he had an accent from Galilee, so he adapted to human means and to human beings in order to learn even you as a god which is a mystery right. So why shouldn’t I try to adapt myself to others views or to others guidance in order to get closer to you say. Josemaríaa mentions also this idea of humility, linked to spiritual guidance and he says: why are you so reluctant to see yourself?And to let your spiritual director see you as you really are. Why are you so scared if you already know what the problem? We should do like as we do with the doctor. We show everything, even if it’s sometimes a little embarrassing because it’s a painful or is the same thing again and again. We go to the doctors, to the dentist or to whatever, to the physical therapist and we explain everything. I went to do the same in my prayer, Jesus, talking to you about what’s going on not talking about the angels. I mean, of course, I can talk about the angels but you know what I mean.  I want to talk about lot ideas that don’t apply to my life. I want to talk about what’s going on right now inside me and I want to ask you, Jesus, guide me. I want to encounter you and to follow you. And there’s a purification there.

The King and the elephant

I don’t   want to fall into this idea of individualism or subjectivism isolation in my spiritual life. There’s a tale, made by someone in India about a king that made an experiment. He brought to his court five or six blind people and for the first time in their lives were in contact with an elephant. But the tricky thing is that they were able to touch only part of it and then to describe it to the king. So one of them touched the elephant’s legs and the description was what they are like columns. OK, thank you. Another person touched ears and he said something like “I would like blankets or curtains”. Ok, thank you very much. And so on and nobody gave a completed explanation of an elephant of course, because he had a partial touch or a partial knowledge of it. In my spiritual life in order to put everything together, in order to connect the dots, I need to have a big picture of myself. And for that I need prayer with time. I can see things in perspective to Jesus and something that maybe in the past cost me a lot of stress. After some years or even weeks, I realized that he wasn’t a big deal or when I judge others, for example unfortunately, I put in their thoughts in their intention some evil thoughts and evil intentions. And later I realized that they were trying to the good and to me or whatever, and oh sorry big picture, and the same with internal things, sometimes my complications, my internal maze, whatever a labyrinth or complications that I have, I need to put them in perspective. And when I share it with another human being, with a spiritual director, those conversations help me to quiet down to have a super natural reaction to accept myself to be whatever; but it really helped me to grow .Jesus you spend these years, the years of your life on earth, always accompany you are not a lone rider being God. You accepted human means and human beings to tell you things may times. You asked questions. You were open to learn if I follow you. I want to follow also this awesome example, this beautiful way of a being in this world. And even for my own holiness to be connected to others, helped me to be humble enough and me to be. You know open to this reality of spiritual guidance and to put everything in the heads of the Holy Spirit and to let him be the master of my interior life. The spout of the Holy Spirit teach me how to be humble, how to be attentive, how to be docile to his inspirations.

It´s the end

I give you thanks my God for the good resolutions, affections and inspirations you have communicated to me in this meditation. I ask you for help to put them into effect. My Mother Inmaculate, Saint Joseph, my father and Lord,my guardian ange,l intercede for me.

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