You are here

Igantian Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, Part 24

Mar. 9, 2016 - The Arrest of Jesus

We continue in the third “week”, or major phase of the Spiritual Exercises, in which we accompany Jesus during his Passion.

Recall that in the Contemplation on the Incarnation, we heard the Trinity proclaim, “Let us work the redemption of the human race.” We witnessed how God became one of us in Jesus of Nazareth, and we accompanied Jesus in his earthly life, watching divine generosity play out in the details of history. God’s desire to save us from our inhumanity continues to unfold in Jesus’ passion.

During your prayer this week, keep your eyes and heart fixed on Jesus. Use your imagination to place yourself in the scene if you like. Note in these meditations how much Jesus’ opponents are concerned with self-seeking, face-saving and power-tripping. Conversely, notice how Jesus refuses to play their games and instead remains true to who he is.

As you pray with the Scripture passage, pray for the grace to experience “sorrow with Christ in sorrow, a broken spirit with Christ so broken; tears; and interior suffering because of the great suffering which Christ endured for me” (SE 203).

Prayerfully read any or all of the following passages this week:

Matthew 26:47-56 (arrest of Jesus)

John 18: 12-27 (Jesus brought before Annas and Caiphas; Peter’s denials)

Matthew 26:57-75 (night session of the Sanhedrin; Peter’s denials)

Luke 22: 66-71 (morning session of the Sanhedrin)

Isaiah 50:4-7

- Adapted from "The Ignatian Adventure" by Kevin O'Brien, SJ (Loyola Press)