Reflections on this meditation
I’ve approached this in a very Ignatian way, drawing upon the process of prayer he offers in the Spiritual Exercises, and on the guidance he offers when praying with the resurrection appearances of Jesus.
So, time is given at the beginning to the approach to prayer – by stopping, coming into awareness of God’s presence, seeking God’s grace.
Ignatius offers very clear guidance in praying with the resurrection scenes to be attentive to two things in particular – awareness of Christ’s divinity – how it shines through, and of his joy. I chose not to be explicit in suggesting looking for these things, but rather to invite looking directly at Jesus’ face – in the expectation that by doing so the way in which each person needs to notice his divinity and joy will come to them.
As ever in offering led meditations such as this, one is trusting that the Holy Spirit will be at work, doing what you hope might be done, but in the particular way that each person needs. It is wonderfully liberating to pull back from feeling you have to make sure people get what they should get from a meditation, to rather – simply offer a space, a framework, where encounter can happen and let that do the work. I find it deeply moving when I am privileged to hear about people’s experiences after the event. Hearing about how something deeply personal, meaningful and appropriate happened, gives a joy in the work of the Holy Spirit, as well as building up trust in the process that ‘allows the Creator to deal with the creature, and the creature with their Creator.’
Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed!