14th Sun A
Sunday 5th July 2020

Image supplied by Mary Bevis

Mirror meditation

In the Letter of James, we are told that the Scriptures are like a mirror in which we can see ourselves. In this type of meditation we take a piece of Scripture, hold it before us and consider what echoes within our heart. These echoes help us to see who we are before God and how we are loved.

What usually echoes in us are situations that we are dealing with in our lives. When something strikes us, we do not actively try to solve the situation or work it through. Rather we sit holding it in God's love. The point of such a meditation is to make space within the situation for God's love to be. In 'sitting with' such a situation, painful or sad, we come to recognise the love of God that is at work on our lives.

The suggestions for Mirror reflections can also be used for Exercise reflections but wouldn't be advised for Driving Prayer as often some degree of emotion or distraction might rise in such prayer.

This Sunday's Mirror Meditation

Jesus invites us to come to him when we are overburdened or weary. Sometimes our greatest challenges are so deep and seem so difficult that we do not wish to face them. We pretend that they may go away.

  • Sit quietly in the presence of God. Rest in God’s love.

  • As you enter deeply into your heart, ask God to show you the challenges that you need to deal with at this time in your life. As you listen with your heart do not be surprised if this is different to what you would usually assume to be the difficulties you have to face. Often as we fixate on other people, we fail to recognise the work that is needed in our own lives.

  • As you see your burdens, do not stress over them but offer them to God in love. Keep letting them go and rest in God’s love. As different burdens arise in your heart pass them over to God’s love.

  • When you have let go of your burdens, rest in God’s love.

You may wonder what will happen to these burdens. They will not magically go away but now that you try to deal with them in the love of God, you will start to see them differently.